Mar 27, 2011

Royal palm of the wilderness

This Royal Palm is over 100 feet tall.

Even more surprising is seeing one in the wild.

Royal Palm as seen on the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk

My understanding is that they are native to south Florida, but somewhat rare to find anymore in the wild. More typically you’ll see them planted in alignment along scenic stretches of road in town.

But watch out on the sidewalk below!

Their fronds (and husk) are quite big, on the order of ten feet long, and crash down from 100 feet high just when you least suspect it. I was startled by one once but have never been hit …

Knock on wood!

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