Paurotis Palm - Acoelorraphe wrightii
Primarily a Caribbean and Central American small tree, Paurotis Palm also grows in southern Florida. The only member of its genus, it is a species of swampy and very wet habitats that can reach 30 feet in height. Growing in clumps, the top is wider than the base. The leaves are fan-shaped with joined segments for approximately one-half of their length. They are borne on long stems that are armed with sharp teeth; the leaves can be more than six feet in width. The fibrous bark is reddish to gray. Protected in its native range, this palm is popular in the horticultural trade.