Also called “Swamp Cabbage,” this palm is named for the “cabbage,” the large leaf bud growing at the top of the trunk. The interior stem, once harvested and cooked, is a delicacy called heart of palm. Removal of the heart, however, causes the immediate death of the tree. The old, dry brown leaf bases may remain on some trunks. Called “boots,” these provide watering holes for tree frogs, anoles, and other wildlife. On other mature trees only a thick rind, marked with rings where the old sets of leaves have fallen off, is present.
Latin Name: Sabal Palmetto
Habitat: Pine Flatwoods, Oak Hammock, Swamp