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The Buccaneer Palm is native to limestone areas, it is a handsome non-spiny solitary palm. It has a relatively tapered smooth gray trunk of variable diameter and a short crown shaft. Furthermore, the sparse crown has 8 to 12 blue green pinnate leaves. Each leaf is up to 9 feet long each with over 100 leaflets. Also, the inflorescence is 3 to 4 feet long and develops among the leaves. It bears yellow flowers which develop into round, green ripening to red fruits about 1/5 inch in diameter. And, fruits contain a single seed and used for propagation.
This palm is tolerant of poor soil conditions and known to be hardy once established; it is frost sensitive, but there is no report of pest or disease problems. Accordingly, different variants of this species have been described, but are not formally recognized by botanists. The Buccaneer Palm is perfect either indoor or outdoor container growth. It is ideal for seasides, courtyards, patios and parks.
Other Names: Florida cherry palm or buccaneer palm