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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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FLORIDA ROYAL PALM
Synonym: Roystonea elata
Endangered Florida species
A rare palm tree in the wild due to commercial exploitation. It is native to the swamps and cypress sloughs of extreme South Florida.
Florida royal palms have a tall, cylindrical, light gray trunk with an upper section just below the leaves that is smooth and green. The leaves grow to over 15 feet long and are pinnately divided into 4 rows of linear leaflets.