Range: Northern Australia
This palm is everywhere in South Florida, very fast growing and maintenance free. It is especially popular in residential landscapes because it grows quickly, takes up little space, and bears masses of beautiful red fruit. Birds eat the fruit and distribute the seeds widely, so this species has become invasive in some of our region’s moist habitats. The name “solitaire palm” refers to the fact that it has a single trunk, whereas other Ptychosperma species form clusters of multiple trunks.