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Paurotis Palm Tree

Paurotis Palm Tree clumping in the wild

Paurotis Palm Tree, scientific name  Acoelorrhaphe wrightii,  is native to southern Florida. This palm is grown outdoors.

Paurotis Palm Tree Info

Scientific name: Acoelorrhaphe wrightii

Common names: Paurotis Palm is also known as Everglades Palm or Silver Saw Palmetto Palm.

Family: Arecaceae

Origin: It is native to southern Florida.

Appearance: Paurotis Palm has light green leaves with silvery undersides. Along the edges, you can see rows of sharp orange teeth, which is a reason for one of the plant’s common names, the Silver Saw Palm. About 25 leaves are arranged into crowns that sit above thin stems that are only 3-4 in (7.6-10.2 cm) in diameter and are covered with loose brown fiber.

Flowers/Fruits: In late spring, Paurotis Palm produces small white flowers. Flowers are born on 4 ft (1.2 m) inflorescences that extend past the leaves. Flowers are followed by small fruits that are 1/2 in (1.3 cm) in diameter.

Growth Rate: Moderate. This palm grows up to 20 – 30 ft tall and 5 -10 ft wide.

Outdoor/Indoor Use: Outdoors.

Cold Tolerance: This palm can tolerate cold down to 30F. It is great for USDA Zones 10a (30 to 35 F) to 11 (above 40 F).

Light Req: Partial shade to Full sun.

Water Req: Moderate. This palm can tolerate standing water and it can also tolerate drought.

Maintenance: Easy to Moderate. To prevent nutritional deficiency, apply good quality palm fertilizer that has a continuous release formula twice a year during the growing season.

Propagation: Propagated by seeds. It will take you 2-3 months to germinate and you will need to keep it warm.

Top Benefits Of The Paurotis Palm Tree

The Paurotis Palm, also known as the Everglades Palm or Acoelorrhaphe wrightii, provides a multitude of benefits that enhance both the environment and human well-being.

  1. Natural Habitat: The Paurotis Palm provides a natural habitat for various species, contributing to biodiversity.

  2. Erosion Control: Their extensive root systems help to prevent soil erosion.

  3. Landscaping: These palms are commonly used in landscaping thanks to their attractive, fan-shaped leaves and clusters of slender trunks.

  4. Shade Provision: They offer vast amounts of shade, which is desirable in hot climates.

  5. Wind Resistance: Being wind-tolerant, they are an excellent choice for coastal areas.

  6. Drought Tolerance: They are highly adaptable and can survive in drought-like conditions.

  7. Air Purification: Like other plants, they help in purifying the air, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen.

  8. Fruit: Although not commonly eaten, their fruit is consumed by various wildlife, adding to the overall ecosystem.

  9. Urban Tolerance: This species is tolerant of urban pollution, making it suitable for city planting.

  10. Cultural Significance: Native American tribes have historically used the leaves in thatching and basket-making, marking their importance in cultural heritage.

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