Arecaceae

Plant Profile

Coccothrinax argentata

(koh-koh-TRIH-naks) (ar-jehn-TAH-tah)

Florida Silver Palm

Subfamily Coryphoideae

Tribe Cryosophileae

Coccothrinax argentata is found in southeastern coast, and Keys of Florida, and the Bahamas, as well as Colombia, in open forest often close to the coast. Monroe County Keys north along the east coast to southern Palm Beach County; the West Indies and southern Mexico. Not uncommon in southern Miami-Dade County and the lower Monroe County Keys; rare along the coast from the middle and upper Keys north to southern Palm Beach County. Habitats: Pine rocklands and coastal hammocks and thickets. Soils: Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, with or without humusy top layer..” – Palmpedia

“This slow-growing, small, native Florida palm can reach 20 feet in height but is usually seen at 6 to 10 feet with a spread of 6 feet. The slender silverpalm has distinctive dark blue-green, drooping, delicate, deeply divided palmate leaves which have a beautiful silver color beneath, providing a bright glint in the landscape when the leaves sway in the wind. The 6-inch-wide trunk is either smooth and grey or is sometimes covered with woven, burlap-like fiber. The small, white flowers are borne in profusion on 2-foot-long stalks, hidden among the leaves during the summer. The small, round, purple fruits ripen in late summer and fall.” – IFAS

“The native range of this species is S. Florida, Bahamas to Turks-Caicos Islands, SE. Mexico, Colombia. It is a shrub or tree and grows primarily in the wet tropical biome. It is has environmental uses.” – Kew

Origin Map from Kew Royal Botanic Gardens