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Jacquelyn Modesitt Schindehette
This tree was important in historical times, when early settlers used its leaf heart for food and its logs and fronds to build shelter.
The Young Naturalist’s Guide to Florida (page 4)
Read the selection on page 3-4, and 91,
What is another name for the Sabal Palm? And why did it get that name?
What did the Seminoles use the Palm fronds for?
Of 14 species of palm trees native to the United States, 11 can be found in Florida
The Young Naturalist’s Guide to Florida; page 91
The Sabal Palmetto is the most widely distributed palm in Florida. It grows in almost any soil and has many uses, including food, medicine, and landscaping.
1.) Take a nature walk and identify and examine the Sabal Palm.
2.) Include a photograph or drawing of the Sabal Palm in your notebook and label the parts of the tree and important identifying facts.
3.) Sample a Hearts of Palm Salad.
Visit a nature center or preserve with Sabal Palms.