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Florida Silver Palm Coccothrinax argentata


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Alternate name: Silver Thatch Palm

Family: Arecaceae, Palm view all from this family

Description Small, slow-growing fan palm with leaves that are dark blue-green above and silver-coloured below. Trunk upright, not showy. Flowers white small on light orange branches. Fruits globose, half an inch in diameter, green turning purple or black when ripe.

Dimensions Height: 7.5 m. (up to 25 ft.)
Trunk diameter: 15 cm. (6 in.).

Habitat Scrub, shrub & brushlands, Beaches & shorelines.

Range Florida.

Discussion The Endangered Florida Key Deer feed on the fruits of the silver top palm. Most suited for residential or commercial landscapes for the unusual blue foliage; colorful accent in a shrub border.