Broom palm


Broom palm, or thatch palm, is native to Jamaica. It reaches a height of 20 feet, with a spineless trunk up to 6 inches in diameter. The leaves are up to 4 feet wide and split into segments which hang toward the end. Inflorescences arise among the leaves and are up to 3 feet long. Ripe fruits are white and about a quarter of an inch in diameter. It flowers and produces fruits throughout the year. The leaves of this and other species of Thrinax were used locally to make brooms and to thatch huts. The generic name means trident, in reference to the shape of the leaves. The species name means small flowers.

The photographed palm is southwest of the Celis Building. There are other specimens in the garden across from the Monzón Building, west of the Piñero Building, and north of the Civil Engineering Building.

Thrinax parviflora (Arecaceae)