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Useful Tropical Plants

Sabal mauritiiformis

(H.Karst.) Griseb. & H.Wendl.

Arecaceae

+ Synonyms

Sabal allenii L.H.Bailey

Sabal coerulescens auct.

Sabal glaucescens Lodd. ex H.E.Moore

Sabal morrisiana Bartlett ex L.H.Bailey

Sabal nematoclada Burret

Trithrinax mauritiiformis H.Karst.

Common Name:

Sabal mauritiiformis
Inflorescence
Photograph by: A. Gentry
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General Information

Sabal mauritiiformis is a single-stemmed, evergreen palm growing 10 - 20 metres tall. The unbranched stem is markedly swollen at the base; it can be 15 - 20cm in diameter; and is topped with a crown of 10 - 25 fan-shaped leaves that can be 150cm or more wide[
768
Title
Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas
Publication
 
Author
Henderson A.; Galeano G.; Bernal R.
Publisher
Princeton University Press; Princeton, New Jersey.
Year
1995
ISBN
0-691-08537-4
Description
An excellent book, giving basic information on all the 550 species of palms native to the Americas that were known in 1995. Comprehensive information on the plants range and habitat, brief description, some uses and almost 250 photos.
].
The leaves are a prized thatching material and so are commonly harvested from the wild. The plant is also uses as a source of wood.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

768
Title
Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas
Publication
 
Author
Henderson A.; Galeano G.; Bernal R.
Publisher
Princeton University Press; Princeton, New Jersey.
Year
1995
ISBN
0-691-08537-4
Description
An excellent book, giving basic information on all the 550 species of palms native to the Americas that were known in 1995. Comprehensive information on the plants range and habitat, brief description, some uses and almost 250 photos.

Range

S. America - Colombia, Venezuela; C. America - Panama to Mexico; Caribbean - Trinidad.

Habitat

Locally very abundant in disturbed ground in dry to wet areas, usually at elevations up to 500 metres, occasionally to 1,000 metres[
768
Title
Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas
Publication
 
Author
Henderson A.; Galeano G.; Bernal R.
Publisher
Princeton University Press; Princeton, New Jersey.
Year
1995
ISBN
0-691-08537-4
Description
An excellent book, giving basic information on all the 550 species of palms native to the Americas that were known in 1995. Comprehensive information on the plants range and habitat, brief description, some uses and almost 250 photos.
]. The plant is often left in pastures when the forest is cleared[
768
Title
Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas
Publication
 
Author
Henderson A.; Galeano G.; Bernal R.
Publisher
Princeton University Press; Princeton, New Jersey.
Year
1995
ISBN
0-691-08537-4
Description
An excellent book, giving basic information on all the 550 species of palms native to the Americas that were known in 1995. Comprehensive information on the plants range and habitat, brief description, some uses and almost 250 photos.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height15.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The leaves are used for thatching[
347
Title
Tropical Palms
Publication
Non-Wood Forest Products No. 10
Author
Johnson D.V.
Website
http://www.fao.org/docrep/
Publisher
FAO, Rome
Year
2011
ISBN
978-92-5-106742-0
Description
A terse guide to some of the uses of palms. Also available for download from the web. (Search for "FAO Tropical Palms")
]. They are also used for weaving hats, mats, etc[
347
Title
Tropical Palms
Publication
Non-Wood Forest Products No. 10
Author
Johnson D.V.
Website
http://www.fao.org/docrep/
Publisher
FAO, Rome
Year
2011
ISBN
978-92-5-106742-0
Description
A terse guide to some of the uses of palms. Also available for download from the web. (Search for "FAO Tropical Palms")
].

The stems are resistant to the attacks of teredo molluscs. They are used for house posts and piling[].

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2018-07-18. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Sabal+mauritiiformis>

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