Key Thatch
Leucothrinax morrisii

Key Thatch

The trunk of key thatch is eight inches in diameter and the leaves may be three feet wide on a long petiole.  Dark green on top with a white underside make this an outstanding specimen or, as in this picture, an eye catching mass.

Key thatch is native to the Florida Keys in coral rock soils with organic matter and some underlying moisture.  It will tolerate salt spray yet not salt water flooding and does well up to Palm Beach County.  No additional water is needed once established.

Key thatch mixes well with Lignum vitae, gumbo limbo, pigeon plum, Joewood and other Keys plants.  The small white berries are favored by birds and the leaves are a larval food for the monk skipper.