The Florida Thatch Palm is a solitary palm with a potential height of 20 feet, but typically smaller because of its slow growth rate. It is named for its use in thatching. Trunk is slender, 3-5 inches in diameter, gray in color, covered with split leaf bases in the upper part and slightly swollen at the base. It carries a crown of 12-20 palmate leaves, 4-5 feet in width on a 2-3 foot petiole free of spines. Leaves green above, yellowish-green below. Inflorescence erect emerging from among the leaves, bearing white bisexual flowers. Fruits white, 1/4 inch in diameter with single seed used for propagation. The florida thatch palm is hardy, adaptable to soil conditions, but prefers alkaline soils; it has no major pest or disease problems. It is drought, salt and wind tolerant as well as resistant to frost. This palm is ideal as a smaller specimen palm, on the seaside, along roads and in parks and gardens.