Sabal minor

Sabal minor

(Dwarf palmetto)

FAMILY

Arecaceae

Species

Sabal minor

Common name

Dwarf palmetto

Fruit colour; life form

Black; palm

Campus

Townsville

Description

This palm from the southern areas of United States has a trunk which is usually subterranean but sometimes erect to 3 m. The fan-shaped, blue-green leaves are rigid to 1.5 m diameter, the central portion is undivided for half the length of the blade. Inflorescence to 2 m long initially erect then arching. Fruit globose to 1.3 cm diameter, glossy black.