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Counter Feather-leaved Palms, Tree-cacti, and Yuccas (Plate 48)

These feather-leaved palms are native in s. Florida and have ring-
scarred trunks free of old leafstalk bases. Their leafstalks are not
thorny. The only tree cacti in the eastern U.S. occur in s. Florida.
The yuccas range more widely.

FLORIDA ROYALPALM Roystonea elata (Bartr.) F. Harper Pl. 48
The smooth, cement-colored and bulging lower trunk topped by a smooth
bright-green crownshaft cylinder is distinctive. Ring scars faint.
Fronds 15' or longer. Frond segments do not lie flat but grow all
around the midrib. Height to 125'. Flowers greenish white, developing
from a spearlike green spathe at the base of the 5'–6' long
crownshaft. Fruits blue to purple, 1?2" in diameter, leathery.
soils, hammocks (swamp islands).

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Trees East (U, S, ) Identification, Trees Canada, Eastern Identification, Trees East (U, S, ) Pictorial works, Trees Canada, Eastern Pictorial works