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​ Pawpaw

East side of Ellison Wilson Road, approximately 0.1 mile north of PGA Boulevard

Close up picture of a four-petaled pawpaw flower in bloom at Pawpaw Natural Area  

Be on the lookout for the endangered four-petaled pawpaw

At a Glance     

Home to a rare plant, found nowhere else on earth

At 3 acres in size, Palm Beach County's smallest natural area is a really big deal.  Several four-petaled pawpaw plants have made their homes here in the scrub habitat.  This plant is ranked endangered both by the state of Florida and the United States Federal Government because it only grows in Palm Beach and Martin Counties - nowhere else in the world!  


  • 41 species of native South Florida plants
    including listed species Fourpetal pawpaw, Shell-mound pricklypear, and West Indian mahogany
  • 42 species of native South Florida animals
    including listed species Gopher tortoise, Red widow spider

Before You Go 

This site is limited to pedestrian traffic only to protect endangered species that live here.

There is no designated parking area.