Palmetto flowers

This spring, I started an occasional series of posts on the palms of Palm Beach County. Probably the most complete post was the one about our state “tree,” the Sabal Palmetto (Cabbage Palm). But, as any writer knows, the more you strive for comprehensiveness, the more you realize you are doomed to failure. Case in ...

More palm-reading

Just before my recent trip to India I went on a morning walk with the lad and ran across a couple of interesting palm trees that I hadn’t seen before. What interested me about them was their intriguingly shaped hastula: Although I’ve only been looking at this structure for about a month, I’ve been surprised ...

Palms of Boca Raton: Sabal palmetto 3

Palms of Boca Raton: Sabal palmetto
I’ve lived in Palm Beach County, Florida, for almost ten years now. But I don’t really know very much about palm trees. I mean, I can tell a sabal palmetto from a saw palmetto, and a royal palm from a Christmas palm, but that’s really about the limit of my knowledge. So I’ve decided to ...

Florida Word of the Day: Hastula 3

Florida Word of the Day: Hastula
Today’s word is a botanical term, hastula, which I