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Acoelorrhaphe wrightii

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acoelorrhaphe (a-see-loh-RAY-fee) (Info)
Species: wrightii (RITE-ee-eye) (Info)

Synonym:Paurotis wrightii

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Full Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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4 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive keimanu On Feb 4, 2014, keimanu from Bellair-Meadowbrook Terrace, FL wrote:

There is a huge specimen growing fine in a neighbors yard in the Riverside district here in Jacksonville. It is a beautiful palm with tall slender stalks although it does have wicked thorns.
The hard freeze January 2014 with temperatures in the teens didn't seem to affect it at all when nearby Rhapis palms and large Australian tree Ferns were severely frost burnt.

Neutral SuburbanNinja80 On Apr 25, 2011, SuburbanNinja80 from Plainfield, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

I May Have Thorns on it. But, This will be a Very Nice try for Zone Pushers like my self. Plus, I like to look of Fan Palms than the Other type. Am insane to Try this in my Zone 6a growing Zone.

Negative applegirl1958 On Jan 9, 2011, applegirl1958 from Palm Harbor, FL wrote:

When I bought my house I had 4 SERIOUSLY overgrown thatches of this type of palm in my (TINY!) yard. I have been systematically removing them but I need to know how to kill the root ball. They are messy, painful (THORNS!) and unattractive. HELP!

Positive palmbrad On Dec 15, 2010, palmbrad from Summerville, SC wrote:

I have one growing in part shade and it has survived 18 degrees with no damage.

Positive walkingthefrog On Oct 15, 2009, walkingthefrog wrote:

This palm can certainly live outside of zone 10, I've had one growing for three years and it has done wonderfully. It enjoys the abundant rainfall here on the upper Texas gulf coast and doesn't require much other than pruning...but it tends to yellow quickly if given too much water.

Neutral Kylecawaza On Aug 22, 2004, Kylecawaza from Corte Madera, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This palm will speed up its growth in CA, and look a lot nicer (usually they look terrible) if you give it lots of water. THe more water the better and the faster.

Positive palmbob On Sep 22, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This palm is one of the most adaptable palms that grow well in Southern California- can handle bogs, and yet is drought tolerant. It deals with high winds and open spaces as well as darker, shady gardens. Soils vary from alkaline to acidic. Only problem for us here in southern California (U.S.) is it's a lot slower than in Florida. It's a nice clumping fan palm with silvery undersides to the leaves and fairly 'user friendly'. It has very fine, almost inconspicuous (but razor-sharp) teeth along the petioles. In Florida, where it is much more commonly grown (and to where it is a native), it is susceptible to ganoderma, a root/stem fungus that is lethal and untreatable. Here in California, this palm does great in extreme heat situations, such as found in Palm Springs.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Reseda, California
San Diego, California
San Marino, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Union City, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Bradenton, Florida
Brandon, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
Lake Helen, Florida
Miami Beach, Florida
Orange Park, Florida
Palm Harbor, Florida
Patrick Afb, Florida
Venice, Florida
Winter Haven, Florida
Brunswick, Georgia
Boutte, Louisiana
Chauvin, Louisiana
Franklin, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Summerville, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Devers, Texas

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