The Paurotis Palm is the only species of acoelorrhaphe and is native to the southern tip of florida, the west indies and central america. A clustering fan palm, in nature it forms dense thickets in areas of damp sandy soils or brackish swamps. The palm has slender trunks covered with a fibrous sheath, up to 30 feet tall, and an open crown of palmate leaves 2-3 feet in diameter, light green above and silver below, which are deeply divided into segments and borne on thin leafstalks up to 3 feet long. The leaf edges have sharp orange teeth. It bears small fruits, 1/2 inch in diameter, orange and black in color. Paurotis palm is suited to coastal locations, ideal for reclamation planting, as a specimen palm, in planters or containers, around buildings and in highway medians. It provides an attractive contrast to solitary garden plants. Once established the palm is quite hardy and it is frost tolerant. The dense spiny foliage provides an effective tall barrier hedge; it is easily trimmed. Propagated by removal of suckers or from seed.