|A monotypic genus with clumping trunks and palmate leaves, Acoelorraphe can be seen growing naturally in
moist areas of southern Florida, the Bahamas, Cuba, and parts of Central America. It is a beautiful specimen for its silvery,
gray leaves and varied clumping trunks.
A. wrightii (Paurotis Palm) :
Height: up to 40 feet in optimum conditions
Size of crown: multiple leaf crowns containing 10-16 leaves.
|Cultural requirements and other comments: These palms can be seen naturally
growing in relatively wet areas. Growth rate and height will be decreased when planted in drier areas. Saline soil and air are
moderately tolerated. This palm grows best in neutral to slightly acidic soils with plenty of organic matter and is one of the
few cultivated palms that will tolerate poorly drained soil in the landscape. In high Ph Kona soils, be sure to fertilize with a
minor element fertilizer containing manganese, and keep the root area moist. Fruits ripen from a bright orange to a shiny black.
Although the petioles are armed with sharp, short teeth, keeping these palms trimmed is well worth the effort!