Acoelorraphe wrightii

(Grisebach & H. Wendland) H. Wendland ex Beccari

Webbia 2: 109. 1907

Common names: Paurotis palm palmier des Everglades
Synonyms: Acoelorraphe arborescens (Sargent) BeccariAcoelorraphe pinetorum BartlettPaurotis androsana O. F. CookPaurotis arborescens (Sargent) O. F. CookPaurotis wrightii (Grisebach & H. Wendland) Britton.
Basionyms: Copernicia wrightii Grisebach & H. Wendland
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 22. Treatment on page 103.
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Stems multiple, brown, to 7 m, covered in tardily deciduous leaf bases. Leaves: petiole strongly (rarely weakly) armed; hastula present on adaxial surface. Inflorescences exceeding leaves, appearing secund because of pendulous rachillae, 15–22 cm, orange in fruit. Fruits ripening from green through orange to black, globose, 7.5–8.5 mm diam. 2n = 36.

Phenology: Flowering spring–summer.
Habitat: Thin, rocky soil over limestone in hydric hammocks, wet savannas, and swamps of Everglades
Elevation: 0-10m

Distribution

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Fla., se Mexico, West Indies (Bahamas, Cuba), Central America, n South America (Colombia-Isla de Providencia).

Discussion

Little is known about this palm in its natural habitats. In Florida, it occurs in the Everglades National Park and is categorized as threatened by the state of Florida. Like Serenoa repens, Acoelorraphe is tolerant of occasional burning. It is probably bee-pollinated, and the seeds are dispersed by birds (G. Galeano-Garcés 1986).

Of conservation concern.

References

None.

Lower Taxa

No lower taxa listed.