The Old Man Palm Tree, scientific name Coccothrinax crinita, is well-known because of its stunning trunk that is covered with thick layer of wool-like fibers. The Old Man Palm is also known as Thatch Palm, Guano Barbudo, Guano Petate, Palma Petate.
Coccothrinax crinita is a slow growing palm that can get up to 15-20ft tall and 10ft wide.Trunk is slim, only 8 inches in diameter, but appears bigger because of the the thick hair covering. The Old Man Palm trunk reminds of an old man’s beard, hence the name Old Man Palm.
With no crownshaft 15-25 circular leaves grow right from the trunk. Leaves are palmate, or fan-shaped, stiff, spirally arranged, deeply divided, about 4-5 ft in diameter. They grow on short 2ft long unarmed petioles. Leaves are bright green on top and silvery-gray on the bottom.
In the summer the Old Man Palm produces yellow flowers that are held by 5 ft long stalks growing among the leaves extending farther than the leaves’ length. Flowers are bisexual, both male and female reproductive organs are born on the same plant. Flowers are followed by dark purple fruit that is round, fleshy, about 1 inch in diameter.
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