My favorite palm! The paurotis palm is a wonderfully beautiful palm that I have a personal connection to. As I was starting to build my photography business back when I was still living back home in Southwest Florida, I worked in a plant nursery and planted many hundreds of palm trees all over the Fort Myers/Naples area. My favorite was this slender, attractive Caribbean palm found in the wild from the Florida Everglades and the Bahamas, south to Mexico, Central America and as far south as Colombia.

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Paurotis Palm

Native Paurotis Palm in the Florida Everglades

The only species in its genus, Acoelorrhaphe wrightii – grows to about 15′ to 25′ tall in wet habitats and can grow into very rich and shaded thickets form wildlife havens for many species throughout the tropics. These wild paurotis palms were found in Everglades National Park in their natural habitat.

Paurotis Palm

Paurotis Palm

Paurotis Palm

Paurotis Palm

More Palms and Interesting Botanical Images

                                                                                          

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Rich Leighton
November 10, 2016
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