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Pakistan | Family List | Palmae

14. Sabal Adans., Fam. 2:495. 1763. Becc., Ann. Roy. Bot. Gard. Calc. 13: 287-297. 1933; Bailey, St. Cyc. Hort. 3:3043. 1950; Chittenden, Dict. Gard. 4:1843. 1951; Parker, For. Fl. Punj. Haz. Delhi (reprint ed.) 526. 1956.


Dwarf or tall, trunk smooth or ringed, erect or creeping, unarmed, covered with persistent leaf-sheaths. Leaves in a terminal crown, palmate or costapalmate, orbicular or wedge-shaped, gradually and evenly narrowed to base, coriaceous, divided into numerous segments, cut deeply fan-wise; margin filamentous; Petiole long or short, deeply divided at base, concave above, the margin smooth. Inflorescence axillary, elongated, branching to 4-5 orders; bracts many, sheathing the branches and main stalk of the inflorescence, tubular. Bracts and bracteoles small. Flowers bisexual, small, glabrous, white or green; calyx 3-lobed, unequal; corolla 3-lobed; stamens 6, filaments tapering from the wide base to sharp apex; anthers ovate; ovary 3-celled with basal ovules; style 3-lobed. Fruit small, black, globose.

A genus of c. 25 species, distributed in America. It is represented in Pakistan by the following species, which is rarely cultivated in Pakistan as an ornamental plant.

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