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Florida Royal Palm Roystonea elata (Roystonea regia)


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Family: Arecaceae, Palm view all from this family

Description Large, striking, unarmed, single-stemmed palm with pinnate leaves. Stems gray-white to gray-brown, smooth, columnar, often swollen and bulging along portions of their length. Leaf scars often prominent along the stem, especially in young, rapidly growing individuals. Leaves consist of a sheathing leaf base, a petiole, and a rachis. Leaf base forms a distinctive green sheath around the uppermost portion of the trunk. Known as the crownshaft, this sheath extends 1.4–2 m. down the trunk. Petiole connects lead base with the rachis. Rachis pinnately divided, ranging from 3.2 -5.8 m. long. Leaf segments range from 60 to 79 cm. long.

Dimensions Height: 39 m. (130 ft.).

Habitat Swamps (fresh & salt), Cities, suburbs & towns.

Range Florida.

Discussion Release leaves in strong winds, an adaption serving to prevent toppling during hurricanes.