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 ...

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 5

Florida Word of the Day: Hastula
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 ...