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Leucothrinax morrisii (H. Wendl.) C.Lewis & Zona
Key thatch palm

General Information
Symbol: LEMO5
Group: Monocot
Family: Arecaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Shrub
Native Status: NAV   N
PR   N
L48   N
VI   N
Other Common Names: white thatch palm
Data Source and Documentation
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green round image for nativity Native blue round image for introduced Introduced ocre round image for introduced and nativity Both white round image for no status Absent/Unreported
image for native, but no county data Native, No County Data image for introduced, but no county data Introduced, No County Data both introduced and native, but no county data Both, No County Data
Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Navassa Island NAV    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM    North America NA   


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Symbol Scientific Name Other Common Names
SIMI6 Simpsonia microcarpa (Sarg.) O.F. Cook
THKE Thrinax keyensis Sarg.
THMI8 Thrinax microcarpa Sarg.
THMO4 Thrinax morrisii H. Wendl. Key thatch palm
THPO6 Thrinax ponceana O.F. Cook
THPR2 Thrinax praeceps O.F. Cook


Click on a scientific name below to expand it in the PLANTS Classification Report.
Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Subclass Arecidae
Order Arecales
Family Arecaceae ⁄ Palmae – Palm family
Genus Leucothrinax C.Lewis & Zona – white thatch palm
Species Leucothrinax morrisii (H. Wendl.) C.Lewis & Zona – Key thatch palm

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

Threatened and Endangered Information:
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete protected plant list for that location.
Thrinax morrisii
brittle thatch palm



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Description of Values

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