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Sabal palmetto


Sabal palmetto

Scientific or Latin Name: Sabal palmetto

Common Name: Palmeto, Carolina Palm Tree, Caroline Sabal, Cane Palm, Palmito

Family: Arecaceae (previously Palmaceae).

Origin: American southwest (Carolina, Florida).

Etymology: Sabal, from its native name. Palmetto = small palm tree.

Main features: Hermaphrodite palm tree, the trunk is sometimes covered with the remains of dead leaves and it is more or less smooth, from 5 to 20 m tall and up to 50 cm in diameter.leaves 1-1.6 m diameter, divided up to a third of their length in segments with numerous fibers in between. It has sharp, bifid, green or sometimes slightly bluish segments. The petiole is immobile and penetrates a lot into the limbus while arching and giving the leaves its typical curves. The inflorescences are whitish and as long as the leaves or more. It has globoid shining brown fruits about 0.8 cm in diameter.

Light: They live well in the open sun even when young.

Temperatures: It can withstand freezing conditions down to -10ºC if these are not very long. It can survive even on the beach where it resists sea winds and soil salinity. It is excellent to be located on the coastline. Extremely resistant to heat, cold, wind, drought and negligent care: it is always in good shape.

Soil: It withstands poor soils but prefers fertile and well drained lands. It adapts well to coastal locations. It resists soil salinity but sea winds might scorch its leaves.

Watering: It does not need permanent watering and adapts quickly to the environment it is in.

Transplanting: It is very easy to transplant even without an earth ball. All its leaves shall be pruned when transplanted.

Multiplication: It multiplies by seed; germination takes place in about 70 days.





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