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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This palm is exceptionally attractive with night-time lighting from below. Britton Serenoa arborescens Sarg. Cook Acoelorrhaphe arborescens Sarg.

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Additional comments Acoelorrhaphe wrightii has been described as both ” palmate ” and “minorly costapalmate. It can form a bush. Each time this occurs, a new twist in the stem occurs.

It causes black necrotic, and occasionally translucent yellow-orange, spots on the oldest leaves. These clumps tend to be much narrower in diameter at ground level than at the tops- the effect is an inverted triangular-shaped clump.

Acoelorrhaphe wrightii

Pea-sized, starting orange and turning to black at maturity quite showy in the autumn. They will turn black upon ripening. It can reach heights up to 30 feet, with a spread of 20 feet. Palms recycle nutrients from dead or dying fronds and use them for healthier fronds.


In a Mediterranean climate this is a pretty slow-growing palm. This page was last edited on 15 Novemberat Scientific name Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Griseb. Manganese deficiency is characterized by chlorotic new leaves with longitudinal necrotic streaks within the leaf segments Figure 3.

After several feet of new growth appears, the affected stems often rotate downward under their own weight, then resume upward growth. Acoelorrhaphe wrightii underside of leaf with transverse veins visible mm scale. May wrigntii “frizzletop”, a manganese deficiency.

Other selected books are available in our Book Shop. The genus name is often cited as Acoelorraphe[6] [8] a spelling error to be corrected under the provisions of the ICBN. Use a lawnmower to eliminate suckers while they are small. 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.

Seeds from this species This palm will eventually form a large clump. Back wirghtii Palm Encyclopedia. Send to a friend Acoelorrhaphe wrightii Gorgeous ornemental palm, often grown in Florida for its beautiful fan palms.

Avoid cutting off potassium-deficient older leaves, as these leaves serve as a supplemental source of K in the absence of sufficient K in the soil. However it can be difficult to get it to look its best without a great amount of heat and sun and so it is only really suited to the tropics USDA Zones Drought tolerance: However, they are native to swampy places and will do much, much better is watered more heavily, or, even better, sited in a swamp.


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It is the result of long, slender stems spreading out from the clump and the new growth attempting to grow more upward from stems leaning at an angle from the vertical. Leaves xcoelorrhaphe on relatively short petioles and distinctly half circle with slightly silvery undersides.

Back to Acoelorrhaphe index. Many Special Thanks to Ed Vaile for his long hours of tireless editing and numerous contributions.

Fragrant delights Spicy fragrances, honey scents, Original publication date September Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.