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Taxon: Leucothrinax morrisii (H. Wendl.) C. Lewis & Zona

Genus: Leucothrinax
Family: Arecaceae (alt.Palmae)
Subfamily: Coryphoideae
Tribe: Cryosophileae
Nomen number: 460712
Place of publication: Palms 52:87. 2008
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 16-Mar-2010 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 9 (4 active, 4 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

Autonyms (not in current use) and synonyms:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym)

Common names:

  • brittle thatch  (Source: Dict Gard) - English
  • buffalo thatch  (Source: Dict Gard) - English
  • Key palm  (Source: Hortus 3) - English
  • Key thatch palm  (Source: Trees US) - English
  • silvertop-palmetto  (Source: Websters Dict) - English
  • westindische Schilfpalme  (Source: Zander Ency) - German

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard, as Thrinax morrisii; Zander ed14, as Thrinax morrisii)

Distributional Range:


    Northern America
    • SOUTHEASTERN U.S.A.: United States [Florida (s.)]

    Southern America
    • CARIBBEAN: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, [Barbuda] Bahamas, Cuba, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States [Puerto Rico]

    Cultivated (also cult.)


  1. Dransfield, J. et al. 2008. Genera palmarum: the evolution and classification of palms 230-232.
  2. Lewis, C. E. & S. Zona. 2008. Leucothrinax morrisii, a new name for a familiar Caribbean palm. Palms (1999+) 52:84-88.

Check other web resources for Leucothrinax morrisii (H. Wendl.) C. Lewis & Zona :

  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • BONAP North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program:
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=460712. Accessed 20 July 2019.