Paurotis is a native Florida palm found in the Everglades, commonly seen at the edges of islands, but not in long-standing water. It is also native to some Caribbean islands. It likes full sun but can withstand light shade, is tolerant to a variety of soil conditions, but doen't like to be planted in high pH soils. The palm grows in clusters of trunks and is rated to be about 20 feet high. Its width can be a problem when planted without space for lateral expansion.