The paurotis or Everglades palm is a clustering, fan-leaved palm with very slender (2–3 inch diameter) stems. It can reach heights up to 30 feet, with a spread of 20 feet. Paurotis palms are rather slow-growing and are cold hardy down to about 25 F.
Native palms provide an important set of ecological benefits from pollinators up the chain of life. Paurotis Palms occur in the Everglades in the wild and are adapted to grow in moist to average conditions through out south and central Florida and has moderate salt air tolerance. A plus for this beautiful Florida native palm is that it has no known pest problems.
Paurotis palms should be fertilized every 3 months with a controlled release 8-2-12-4 Mg plus micronutrients fertilizer. These palms may require additional manganese sulfate to keep them healthy.
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii (Paurotis palm, also known as the Everglades palm) is native to extreme southern Florida where it grows in swamps and periodically flooded forests. It is a small to moderately tall palm that grows in clusters to 16–23 ft, rarely 30 ft tall, with slender stems. The leaves are palmate (fan-shaped), with segments joined to each other for about half of their length, and are 3–8 ft wide, light-green above, and silver underneath. The leaf petiole is 3.3–3.9 ft long, and has orange, curved, sharp teeth along the edges. The flowers are minute, inconspicuous and greenish, with 6 stamens. The trunk is covered with fibrous matting. The fruit is pea-sized, starting orange and turning to black at maturity.