Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Photo by: Forest Starr & Kim Starr Clump at Green Cay Wetlands, Florida. September 25, Origin and Habitat: Central America. Genus: Acoelorrhaphe Habitat and Distribution. Acoelorraphe wrightii is Native to Florida, the Caribbean and Central America. Acoelorrhaphe wrightii is a pretty hardy clumping fan palm native to Florida and Central America which can make a excellent specimen palm in.

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It can reach heights up to 30 feet, with a spread of 20 feet. How to grow Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Place it in full sun, with frequent watering. May be confused with Serenoa repens: Prices and availability can be found on our price lists: Write a review Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Gorgeous ornemental palm, often grown acoelorrhahpe Florida for its beautiful fan palms. – /dendrology/images/Acoelorrhaphe wrightii/

Severe manganese deficiency on paurotis palm. Upper leaf surface, bright green; undersurface, silvery; leaftips bifid. Use a lawnmower to eliminate suckers while they are small. Distribution Native to Southern Florida and the Caribbean in low-elevation, easily inundated areas. The most serious one observed is Ganoderma butt rot, a disease caused by Ganoderma zonatum. These clumps tend to be much narrower in diameter at ground level than at the tops- the effect is an inverted triangular-shaped clump.

If you wish to read more on palm cultivation, we highly recommend Ornamental Palm Horticulture by Timothy K. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

The genus name is often cited as Acelorrhaphewrighttii [8] a spelling error to be corrected under the provisions of the ICBN. In a Mediterranean climate this is a pretty slow-growing palm. Back to Arecaceae index. Acoelorrhaphe wrightii close view of leaf blade undersurface, attached to petiole.


The light green leaves have blades about 2 feet across on spiny petioles up to 3 feet long Figure 1. Fruits are small Genera Palmarum – Evolution and Classification of the Palms. The fruit is pea -sized, starting orange and turning to black at maturity.

Original publication date September May suffer “frizzletop”, a manganese deficiency. If you cut off more than what will grow annually, you could be left with a pretty bare and bald Palm.

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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Trees propagated from seed or by sawing apart the base of a cluster are available in nurseries. It does require continuous trimming of dead leaves, or else one ends up with a large, messy, dense shrub that can be pretty unsightly.

Paurotis palms should be fertilized every 3 months with a controlled release Mg or Mg plus micronutrients fertilizer. Acoelorrhaphe wrightii has been described as both ” palmate ” and “minorly costapalmate.

That is not necessarily true in its native climates, where this is a particularly susceptible species to that fungus. No customer reviews for the moment. Department of Agriculture – State of Florida.

All images copyright of the artists and photographers see images for credits. Back to Acoelorrhaphe index. This page was last edited on 15 Novemberat This specimen had a trench dug to about 12″ deep and 12″ from the trunk all around its base about nine months before the final move.


It is nearly impossible to eradicate acooelorrhaphe fungus from the soil once present. Clustering, upright stems to 6 m tall and cm in diameter, covered with old leaf bases and fibers that gradually fall with age. If it weren’t so slow growing, it would be a great landscaping palm for southern California, but it is a pretty rare palm in that area. As Ganoderma is a soil fungus, no other susceptible species should be planted in its place-ever.

Surprisingly hardy given its origin: Wendland Paurotis arborescens Sargent O. Its very informal appearance make it perfect near highways, buffer strips around parking lots and used to accent in an expanse of lawn. A shade screen patio will provide an excellent environment for aclelorrhaphe specimens cultivated in containers which can eventually be planted in a sunny location.

Native to Cuba, it surprisingly is almost unknown in cultivation. Department of Agriculture – State of Florida.

Acoelorrhaphe wrightii

Cook Paurotis androsana O. It causes black necrotic, and occasionally translucent yellow-orange, spots on the oldest leaves.

Another nutritional problem that is nearly ubiquitous in paurotis palms in Florida soils is potassium K deficiency. Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica, B. In the spring paurotis palms produce large inflorescences of creamy white flowers that extend well beyond the foliage. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have wrightli documented every genus in the palm family. Britton Serenoa arborescens Sarg.