Native royalty…

Appropriate for a Royal Palm is the presence of a Crownshaft: “the extension that rises above the flower cluster of the shaft of many palms, is composed of the erect sheathing petioles of the crown leaves and resembles a trunk.” ( Notice the smooth trunk just below which also helps identify this palm as a Royal Palm. Copyright 2023 Pamela Breitberg
This Royal Palm (Roystonea regia) is a surprise find in the forest here. Usually Royal Palms are planted with plenty of surrounding space. They can grow up to eighty feet tall. Being native to Cuba and South Florida perhaps this Royal Palm chose it’s own space once upon a time. It is thriving nicely among its neighbors. Copyright 2023 Pamela Breitberg

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