Sabal palm (Sabal palmetto) is native to Florida. It is also the official Florida state tree. This beautiful tree can be found growing in landscapes and natural areas throughout the state. Oftentimes, other plants such as ferns and vines can be found growing from (or on) sabal palm tree thatches. Here are a few I’ve seen on my treks through natural areas in southeastern Florida. This is not an all-encompassing list. More plants are likely to be listed as I discover them in Florida’s natural areas. The plants below include both native and nonnative plants I have found growing from sabal palm tree thatches on my various nature excursions in Florida.
Strangler Fig (Ficus aurea)
ENH409/ST250: Ficus aurea: Strangler Fig (ufl.edu)
Golden Polypody Fern (Phlebodium aureum)
Shoestring Fern (Vittaria lineata)
Vittaria lineata – Species Page – ISB: Atlas of Florida Plants (usf.edu)
Rosary Pea (Abrus precatorius)
Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)
Air Potato Vine (Dioscorea bulbifera)
Dioscorea bulbifera – UF/IFAS Assessment – University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (ufl.edu)
Broschat, T.K. (2013). Sabal palmetto: sabal or cabbage palm. [UF/IFAS EDIS]. https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/publication/ST575
Florida Department of State. State Tree. Retrieved from https://dos.myflorida.com/florida-facts/florida-state-symbols/state-tree/
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