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The Florida Silver Palm is but one of about 50 species of coccothrinax palms originating from the West Indian region. The species name, argentata, means silvery. Its native habitat is pine rock lands and coastal hammocks; wild palms are threatened and rare in the wild in florida.
Commonly, this palm is 8 feet or less in height, but it can reach 30 feet under ideal conditions. Additionally, the slender trunk has its upper portion covered with webbed fibers. It also has an open crown of large deeply divided fan-shaped leaves, up to 3 feet wide, with drooping segments. Leaves are dark green above and silvery white below, presenting a striking appearance when they move in the wind. Fragrant flowers are borne in white clusters, producing purple to black fruits about 3/8 inch in diameter, eaten by birds. Can be grown from seed.
This palm does well in poorer soils providing they are well-drained and prefers open sites. Leaves can be used to weave baskets. In landscapes, the palm is a handsome accent or specimen plant and can withstand coastal exposure to salt and wind.
Other Names: Thrinax altissima, Florida Silver Palm