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PALMETTO

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Originally appearing in Volume V20, Page 649 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PALMETTO, in botany, a popular name for Sabal Palmetto, the Palmetto palm, a native of the southern United States, especially in Florida. It has an erect stem, 20 to 8o ft. high and deeply cut fan-shaped leaves, 5 to 8 ft. long; the fruit is a black drupe a to i in. long. The trunks make good piles for wharves, &c., as the wood resists the attacks of borers; the leaves are used for thatching. The palm is grown as a pot-plant in greenhouses.
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