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This is a spotting close to my heart. Palmetto trees on the shores of Cocoa Beach, Florida. The palmetto is the state tree of South Carolina, my home state, as well as the state tree of Florida. These are some very tall and very smooth trunked specimens. Palmetto tend to be well known for their y-shaped basketweave spikes on their trunks, which are actually the bases of shorn or died off leaves. These spikes are known as "bootjacks". Taller specimens like these have lost their bootjacks, which is a natural but not well understood phenomenon. The trunks have no abscission zone so the loss of these leaf bases is due to some other biological phenomenon. The sabal palmetto is also very salt tolerant, being common along beachfronts and other brackish areas.
Native and introduced through the US from the coasts of California all the way across the South as far up as the coast of Rhode Island. Also found on all islands of Hawaii.
Spotted on Oct 5, 2020
Submitted on Oct 5, 2020