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View USF Tampa Plant Record: Sabal palmetto

Scientific Name Sabal palmetto
Common Name Cabbage Palm
Family Arecaceae
Info Sabal palmetto is the state tree of Florida (as well as South Carolina) and is common in the wild nearly throughout Florida. The leaves are folded upward along the middle. The numerous small white flowers often attract bees. The spherical bluish black fruits are edible but have very little pulp and a large seed. The inner apical meristem or "heart of palm" is edible but harvesting kills the entire plant. The fibers on the trunk around the base of the leaves are popular as kindling.
Found By "D Franz, A Aquino, S Tirey"
Date Found 2/4/2013
Native Native
Links "http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=639, http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/taxon.pl?32594, http://www.na.fs.fed.us/pubs/silvics_manual/volume_2/sabal/palmetto.htm"
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