|Sabal maritima at Huerto del Cura botanic garden in Elche, Alicante, Spain|
Sabal maritima is a fan palm with solitary, stout stems, which grows up to 15 metres (49 ft) tall and 25–40 centimetres (10–16 in) in diameter. Plants have about 25 leaves, each with 70–110 leaflets. The inflorescences, which are branched and as long as the leaves, bear pear-shaped to globose, black fruit. The fruit are 0.8–1.4 centimetres (0.3–0.6 in) in diameter.
The species was first described by Carl Sigismund Kunth as Corypha maritima in 1816, based on collections made by Alexander von Humboldt and Aimé Bonpland. It was transferred to the genus Sabal by Italian naturalist Odoardo Beccari in 1933.
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- Roncal, Julissa; Scott Zona; Carl E. Lewis (2008). "Molecular Phylogenetic Studies of Caribbean Palms (Arecaceae) and Their Relationships to Biogeography and Conservation". The Botanical Review. 74 (1): 78–102. doi:10.1007/s12229-008-9005-9.
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