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|
Adult plant in habitat on Big Pine Key, FL
Adult showing emerging flower spikes
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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