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: 4 cultivated taxa.

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causiarum (O.F. Cook) Becc.
mexicana Mart.
minor (Jacq.) Pers.
palmetto (Walter) Lodd. ex Schult. & Schult.f.

Other sources of information about Sabal:

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Sabal
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Sabal
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Sabal
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Sabal
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Sabal
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sabal
JSTOR Plant Science: Sabal
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sabal
Plants of the World Online: Sabal
Tropicos: Sabal
Wikipedia: Sabal

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Sabal.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1678, retrieved 2 June 2023

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