547.000 Sabal Adans.

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Palms, solitary, dwarf, moderate or tall; usually robust; stems aerial or sub-terranean, covered with leaf bases or clean; becoming striate or smooth with age. Leaves few to many; petiole split at base; unarmed; adaxial fistula well developed; costa present; lamina weakly to strongly costapalmate; plication induplicate; segments often bear threadlike fibres between segments. Inflorescence axillary within crown of leaves; paniculate, erect or arching beyond the leaves, branched to 2 or 3 orders; bracts 2-5, peduncular, inconspicuous; flowers sessile borne singly along the rachillae. Flowers creamy white, fragrant; petals 3, imbricate, alternate with outer whorl of stamens. Fruit drupes, berry-like. Seeds 1-3, glossy.

Worldwide: 16 in the Americas and W Indies.

Zimbabwe: 3 cultivated taxa.

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mexicana Mart.
minor (Jacq.) Pers.
palmetto (Walter) Lodd. ex Schult. & Schult.f.

Other sources of information about Sabal:

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Sabal
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Sabal
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Sabal
Wikipedia: Sabal
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sabal
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Sabal

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Sabal.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1678, retrieved 18 August 2022

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