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Ptychosperma elegans (R. Br.) Blume
Solitaire palm, Alexander palm

Ptychosperma elegans
Copyright by: Keith J. Buttry, 18 March 2015
Naturalized plant, Simpson Park, City of Miami, Florida, USA

Family: Arecaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Tree

Perennation: Perennial

Map of Florida Locations

FLEPPC Status: Category II Invasive

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

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Other data on Ptychosperma elegans available from :

Ptychosperma elegans has been found in the following 40 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Alice C. Wainwright Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Arch Creek Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Atlantic Dunes Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Big and Little George Hammocks Present Not Native, Naturalized
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Presumed Extirpated Not Native, Naturalized
Bill Sadowski Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Black Creek Forest Present Not Native, Naturalized
Camp Owaissa Bauer Present Not Native, Naturalized
Castellow Hammock parcel 31 Present Not Native, Naturalized
Castellow Hammock Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Chernoff Hammock Present Not Native, Naturalized
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Possibly Extirpated Not Native, Naturalized
Deering Estate at Cutler Present Not Native, Naturalized
Delray Oaks Natural Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Enchanted Forest Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Everglades National Park Possibly Extirpated Not Native, Cultivated Only
Fern Forest Nature Center Present Not Native, Naturalized
Fuchs Hammock Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Greynolds Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Hattie Bauer Hammock Present Not Native, Naturalized
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Kendall Indian Hammocks Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Kendalwood Present Not Native, Naturalized
Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center Present Not Native, Naturalized
Matheson Hammock Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Meissner Hammock Present Not Native, Naturalized
Ocean Ridge Hammock Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
R. Hardy Matheson Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Red Reef Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Seacrest Scrub Natural Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Silver Palm Groves Present Not Native, Naturalized
Simpson Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
South Beach Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Spanish River Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
The Barnacle State Historic Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Tree Island Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Present Not Native, Naturalized
Whispering Pines Hammock Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized

Ptychosperma elegans has been found in the following county :
Occurrence Native Status
Miami-Dade County Not Native, Naturalized

Ptychosperma elegans has been found in the following 4 habitats :
Disturbed Upland
Maritime Hammock
Prairie Hammock
Rockland Hammock

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Ptychosperma elegans
Copyright by: Keith J. Buttry, 18 March 2015
Naturalized plant, Simpson Park, City of Miami, Florida, USA
Ptychosperma elegans
Copyright by: George D. Gann, 18 March 2015
Young naturalized plant, Simpson Park
City of Miami, Florida, USA