Florida Thatch Palm - Thrinax radiata
Found on hammocks and near the shoreline of southern Florida, the West Indies, and parts of Central America, this is a small palm (30 feet) with broad, fan-shaped leaves. The crown is rounded, and the trunk less than 10 inches in diameter. The bark is gray, and often covered with dead leaf bases. The leaves may reach 4 feet in diameter and are shiny green on top, distinguishing this species from Brittle Thatch Palm. The flowers are borne in long, branched clusters (to 4 feet), and are cup-shaped with short stalks. This palm is endangered in Florida.