Paurotis Palm Tree – Acoelorrhaphe wrightii

Paurotis palm tree

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

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Paurotis Palm Tree Profile

Scientific name: Acoelorrhaphe wrightii

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

Family: Arecaceae

Origin: It is 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, that 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 extends past the leaves. Flowers are followed by small fruits 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 continues release formula twice a year during growing season.

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

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