Thrinax morrissii H. Wendland

Synonymy: Simpsonia microcarpa (Sarg.) O.F. Cook, Thrinax keyensis Sarg., Thrinax microcarpa Sarg., Thrinax ponceana O.F. Cook, Thrinax praeceps O.F. Cook Distribution: Florida Keys, Bahamas Islands, Central America, West Indies , Bahama Islands, West Indies
Common names: Key thatch palm, peaberry palm Conservation status: Not threatened

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Adult plant in habitat on Big Pine Key, FL

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Adult showing emerging flower spikes

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Thrinax has seven species in the genus; T. morrisii is native to Florida and the Caribbean islands. It can reach a height of 30 feet and grows in sand around limestone, preferring sun and tolerating salty winds. The top side of the leaves are green with the undersides being silver; ripe seeds are white. This palm should do well in temperate to tropical areas.

Top photo courtesy University of Florida-IFAS. Second photo courtesy and copyright 1998, Mike Maxson, Palms of the World. Bottom two photos copyright 1998, Jody Haynes; third photo taken at Fairchild Tropical Garden.

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