A thread dedicated to the FL native palms...

Discussion in 'PALM TREES - WHERE TROPICAL STARTS' started by ScotTi, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. ScotTi

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    This thread is for showing and talking about the palms native to Florida. Get out your camera and give this thread some photos of the natives in your part of Florida.
     
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    Sabal palmetto (aka Cabbage Palm)- Florida's state tree and found growing in the upland hardwoods, tropical hammocks and flatlands throughout the state.
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    Serenoa repens (aka Silver Saw Palmetto) The leaf stems are armed with fine sharp spines that give this palm its common name.
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    Acoelorrhaphe wrightii (aka paurotis palm, everglades palm) This is a sun and moisture loving clumping palm. I keep one pretty well cleaned up of the old leaves and I let one hold the natural look with its old leaves.
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    Rhapidophyllum hystrix is native to the southeastern United States, central Florida to S. Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi. Photo #4 showing the needles along the trunk that give this palm its common name the Needle Palm.
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    The next few posts here will show the native Serenoa repens (saw palmetto) and Sabal palmetto growing in its native habitat. These photos were taken at the Upper Tampa Bay Park. The shoreline here is almost exclusively occupied by mangroves.
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    The mangroves give way to the grasses and palmettos growing in native habitat.
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    The grasses give way to pines and oaks growing with the palmettos further inland.
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  10. krishnaraoji88

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    Love the photos, thanks for sharing!
     
  11. sur4z

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    How about a Thrinax radiata
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  12. ScotTi

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    Thrinax radiata native to the keys and south FL is a moderately slow growing palm.
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  13. TonyLoco

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    How does one tell the difference between a Sabal and a Washingtonia?
     
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    Here are comparison photos...
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    Beautiful photos showing two great palms. I am a 7th generation Floridan our state tree has feed my family more than a few great meals. I really do love to see a grove of them in their natural state. Good work Scott I enjoyed this post.
     
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    Sabals growing in the white sands on Honeymoon Island State Park.
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    buccaneer ?native to fl
    thrinax radiate ready for planting
    and cocothrinax argentata in the keys
     

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    native to the keys
     

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  19. Jeff Searle

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    Great thread Scott, and nice pictures everyone!
     
  20. Moose

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    Yes Andy - Psuedophoenix sargentii are Florida natives. Their habitat is the Florida Keys. Not sure there are any left "naturally" on the Keys that are connected by US 1. There still is a small but thriving population on Eliot Key last I heard.

    There are three more Florida native palms left.

    Sabal minor
    Sabal etonia
    Roystonea regia
     
  21. ScotTi

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    Also a Florida native Leucothrinax morrissi (until 2008 known as Thrinax morrissi).
     
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    Sabal etonia looks like Serenoa repens except leaf stalks are smooth.
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    Here is a quick look at my Psuedophoenix sargentii.
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    Roystonea regia
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    Not a palm but a Fl native Cycad. Zamia integrifolia common name Coontie palm.
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    I love our native cycad! Love Zamias in general.
     

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