Acoelorraphe wrightii

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

Webbia2: 109. 1907

Common names: Paurotis palm palmier des Everglades
Synonyms: Acoelorraphe arborescens Acoelorraphe pinetorum Paurotis androsana Paurotis arborescens Paurotis wrightii
Basionyms: Copernicia wrightii
Found in FNA Volume 22. Treatment on page 103.
FNA22 P19 Acoelorraphe Seronoa Livistona pg 104.jpeg
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


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


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.



Facts about "Acoelorraphe wrightii"
AuthorScott Zona +
BasionymCopernicia wrightii +
Common namePaurotis palm + and palmier des Everglades +
Elevation0-10m +
HabitatThin, rocky soil over limestone in hydric hammocks, wet savannas, and swamps of Everglades +
PhenologyFlowering spring–summer. +
ReferenceNone +
SynonymAcoelorraphe arborescens +, Acoelorraphe pinetorum +, Paurotis androsana +, Paurotis arborescens + and Paurotis wrightii +
Taxon nameAcoelorraphe wrightii +
Taxon parentAcoelorraphe +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 22 +