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.
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[
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.
S. America - Colombia, Venezuela; C. America - Panama to Mexico; Caribbean - Trinidad.
Locally very abundant in disturbed ground in dry to wet areas, usually at elevations up to 500 metres, occasionally to 1,000 metres[
]. The plant is often left in pastures when the forest is cleared[
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The leaves are used for thatching[
]. They are also used for weaving hats, mats, etc[
The stems are resistant to the attacks of teredo molluscs. They are used for house posts and piling.
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