Sabal


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Wikipedia.
Related to Sabal: Sabal serrulata

Sabal

 

(palmetto palm), a genus of plants of the family Pal-mae. The trunks reach a height of 30 m and a thickness of 60 cm; in some species the trunks are greatly shortened. At first the trunks grow underground in a direction away from the soil surface; they then change direction and emerge at the surface. The leaves have a fan-shaped blade with a somewhat elongate axis. The panicled inflorescences reach a length of 2.75 m and have bisexual, trimerous flowers. The fruit is a one-seeded berry.

There are about 25 species, distributed in the southeastern United States (Virginia and Florida), on the Caribbean islands, in Central America, and in South America (Colombia and Venezuela). Palmetto palms grow mainly on moist sandy soils and solonchaks along seas, rivers, and other bodies of water. The wood of tall-trunked species serves as a strong, nonrotting building material for underwater and other structures. The leaf fiber is used in the manufacture of coarse fabrics and mats; the coarse fiber from the petioles and sheaths is used to make brushes. The young, unopened leaves are used as food. Some species of palmetto palm are cultivated as ornamentals. In the USSR the tall-trunked common palmetto (S. palmetto) and the short-stemmed bush palmetto (S. minor, or S. adansonii) are grown on the Black Sea coasts of the Crimea and the Caucasus.

References in periodicals archive ?
Sabal, initiated by the Tata Steel Foundation in December 2017 in Noamundi, is a first-of-its-kind centre in eastern India in partnership with Enable India, aimed at creating abilities for Person with Disabilities through a participative atmosphere and customised infrastructure that enables skilling, employability and financial independence.
* Sabal Business Center Two, 3901 Coconut Palm Drive
Sabal Trail will build the more than one billion cubic feet per day pipeline, originating in Tallapoosa County, Alabama, extending through Georgia and ending at the Central Florida Hub near Orlando.
Excluding Sabal minor, Triadica sebifera was numerically dominant in both overstory and understory and had the highest relative density of any species (Table 2).
Sabal minor currently is listed by the Oklahoma Natural Heritage Inventory as S1, critically imperiled, within the state.
Because of the gravity of the disease and the significance of the sabal of Florida, the University of Florida has given researchers a grant to find which bugs are spreading the disease in the hope of stopping it.
One double-blind trial compared an urtica and sabal formulation with finasteride in 516 patients with stage I or II BPH.
Abstract: This paper describes the leaf anatomy of Sabal mauritiiformis (Karst.) Griseb.
In Europe, drugs from the latter group represent up to 80% of all prescriptions for this disorder (Buck, 1996; Schneider and Sokeland, 1997) with extracts from the fruits of saw palmetto (Sabal serrulata, or Serenoa repens) and the roots of stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) being particularly popular.
Fish and Wildlife Service decision in November to require a 90-foot-wide wildlife corridor along the river, but were disappointed that the agency reversed an earlier determination that the dam project would damage sabal palm habitat in the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
Despite low rates of relative sea-level rise, the death of stands of Sabal palmetto (cabbage palm) along this coast has been attributed to effects of sea-level rise since the 1930s (Cooke 1939).
The more the community of McAllen can understand how fragile and precious the habitats are around it, the more its members will join the well-worn paths to Santa Ana and Sabal Palm, and collectively work to establish more viewing opportunities, preserve more habitat, and plant more gardens.