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Old August 7th, 2012, 11:52 AM
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Default Unique palm in South FL

Hey all,
I was staying at a hotel in Fort Lauderdale when I came across this guy in the outdoor garden. I got a shot in the dark at first, but then made a point to get one in the day. Im really curious to know as to what kind it is and where to get them, I would like a few around my house. I live in South FL so I know they should be fine here.

Thanks for the help!
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Old August 7th, 2012, 01:14 PM
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Default One of my favs!

Your picture is of a Licuala grandis, common name: Ruffled Fan Palm

If you like that one you should checkout by favorite from the same family, Licuala peltata var sumawongii. It has a very similar leaf but the leaf gets much larger, I've seen some 5 feet across so you would certainly need more room. It doesn't really trunk quickly so it stays very close to the ground for years. You might be able to find it at a specialty nursery by you and they also might call it a Licuala elegans, although Licuala elegans are thought to be extinct; nurserys tend to call a sumawongii an elegans, so either or, it's the same tree.

(sorry to confuse anyone, it took me awhile to wrap my head around it too)
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