Sabal palmetto

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Figure 1. S. palmettoJekyll Island, Georgia, August,1973



[[ blackburniana , Sabal viatoris , Sabal jamesiana , Sabal parviflora

Common Names:

Palmetto Palm

Distribution & Habitat:

Southern USA (from North Carolina down), thru to islands in the Bahamas, and Cuba, from sand dunes through to swamps.


A solitary fan palm to about 20m tall, with a large crown of costapalmate leaves.


Fast and easy to grow, particularly in moist, sandy soil. Quite likes wet feet and is also salt tolerant. Seeds germinate easily.

in pine flatwood, near Lake Okeechobee, Florida.
Figure 3. S. palmetto Near Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, April, 1997

Contributed by:

Dr. Stevens Heckscher (Figure 1,2&3)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, JSTOR, Trebrown

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