Is this some sort of a palm?

We saw this plant in Fort Lauderdale Riverfront Park in south Florida, zone 10.
It looks like a palm, although the entire trunk of the plant was covered. Is the bottom part just this way because they did not clean the dead leaves or is this the natural look?
Here are three pictures from three angles.
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w67/143house/pub/P1000847.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w67/143house/pub/P1000846.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w67/143house/pub/P1000848.jpg
Is there a thick trunk under there?
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MiamiCuse wrote:

Probably. It is some kind of fan palm, probably a subset of windmill palm:
http://www.sunpalmtrees.com /
It does look like a palm in a hula skirt. Unusual in a cultivated park.
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On 1/2/11 8:43 AM, MiamiCuse wrote:

It is some kind of fan palm, possibly Sabal minor. Sunset describes this native to south-eastern U.S. as having a short trunk (or possibly none at all). "Old leaves fold at base, hang down like a closed umbrella." If it is a Sabal species, it can be hardy to 20F.
Old leaves have never been removed, forming a skirt that hides whatever trunk that might be there. The branches at the top appear to be old flower shoots.
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