palm trees

  • Palmetto flowers

    By / July 22, 2010

    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… Read more

  • More palm-reading

    By / April 8, 2010

    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… Read more

  • Palms of Boca Raton: Sabal palmetto

    By / March 12, 2010

    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… Read more

  • Florida Word of the Day: Hastula

    By / March 8, 2010

    Today’s word is a botanical term, hastula, which I assume originates from the Latin hasta, spear. I can only assume it because I don’t know it for a fact. None of my desk references, not Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate, not the “unabridged” American Heritage 4th edition, not even the venerable Oxford English Dictionary admit the term into the… Read more

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