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Sabal etonia
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Sabal etonia at Archbold Biological Station, Florida, United States
Scientific classification
  • Sabal adansonii var. megacarpa Chapm.
  • Sabal megacarpa (Chapm.) Small
  • Sabal miamiensis Zona

Sabal etonia, commonly known as the scrub palmetto is a species of palm. It is native only to peninsular Florida in the United States, where it is found in Florida sand pine scrub communities.


Sabal etonia is a fan palm with a solitary stem that is usually subterranean, but is sometimes above ground and up to 2 m (6.6 ft) tall. Plants usually have four to seven costapalmate leaves, each with 25–50 leaflets. The inflorescences, which are branched with a bushy appearance, are shorter than the leaves and bear brownish-black fruit. The fruit are 0.9–1.5 cm (0.4–0.6 in) and 0.8–1.3 cm (0.3–0.5 in) in diameter.


Sabal is placed in the subfamily Coryphoideae and the tribe Sabaleae.

The species was first described by American botanist Walter Tennyson Swingle in 1896, based on collections made near Eustis, Florida, in 1894.


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