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Sabal maritima

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Cuba. Photo by Jason Schoneman, edric.
Sabal maritima
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Scientific Classification
Genus: Sabal
Species: maritima
Synonyms
None set.
Native Continent
America
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Morphology
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Palmate
Culture
Survivability index
Common names
Bull Thatch Palm

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Contents

Habitat and Distribution

Endemic to Cuba, and Jamaica.

Description

Sabal maritima, is a fan palm with a solitary, stout trunk, which grows up to 15 metres (49 ft.) tall, and 25–40 centimetres (10–16 in.) in diameter. Crown holds about 25 costapalmate leaves, with recurving leaf tips, each with 70–110 leaflets. The inflorescences, which are branched, and as long as the leaves, they bear pear-shaped to globose, black fruit. The fruit are 0.8–1.4 centimetres (0.3–0.6 in.) in diameter. Editing by edric.

Culture

Full sun, moderate water, well drained position. Hardiness USDA zones, 9A-11.

Comments and Curiosities

This is a tillering palm, it exhibits saxophone style root growth (it has a heel), keep top third of heel above soil elevation!

External Links

References

Special thanks to Geoff Stein, (Palmbob) for his hundreds of photos, edric.

Special thanks to palmweb.org, Dr. John Dransfield, Dr. Bill Baker & team, for their volumes of information and photos, edric.

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