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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 10/24/2012)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 10/24/2012)
Genus SABAL Adans.
Common Palmetto
PlaceOfPublication Bull. Sci. Soc. Philom. (Paris) 3:205, t. xxv. 1804.
Description Spineless tree palms but the trunk sometimes rising little above the ground, base of the bole oblique, 'usually characterized by the essentially palmate leaf- blade through which a rachis (continuation of petiole) runs to the limit of the palman or undivided part, presenting a costapalmate structure and a curiously curved blade with the end of it declined toward the ground: spadices interfoliar, lacking a cymba but provided with conspicuous elongated green herbaceous sheathing nodifronds: flowers hermaphrodite, parts in 3's; calyx tubular or parts united; petals 3, the narrow petals widely flaring or even reflexed; stamens 6, exserted in anthesis; carpels 3, style united, stigma usually not divided: fruit a hard nearly globular or oblate or pyriform body 25 mm. or less in transverse diameter; seed commonly 1 by abortion, micropyle lateral, in some species the mesocarp remaining as a fibrous envelope of the seed.
Distribution Western hemisphere, from North Carolina to northern South America; about 25 species now admitted. Many of the species are planted, some of which are not yet recognized in the wild; one species recently discovered in the Republic of Panama.
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