Native Palms of Florida

Native Palms of Florida


  • Native Palms of Florida

Published Date

  • published 1940


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people. The plant is often found upon the shell mounds of aboriginal village

There are also bear grass and the yucca palm, or Spanish bayonet. The
former is plentiful over the coastal plains of Georgia, South Carolina and
Alabama, has a very strong fiber and is used to tie up and hang meat in the
smokehouses of rural sections.

One of the most outstanding growths of cabbage palm in the State is
"Palmetto Avenue" on Fort George Island at the mouth of the St. Johns River.
These trees, extending in an avenue for a third of a mile, were set out by an
overseer named Houston in 1613. He had planned to extend the avenue for a
mile but unfortunately the owner of the plantation, a man named Kingsley,
returned unexpectedly and discharged Houston for using slave labor in what he
deemed a useless task. Palmetto Avenue still stands, however, a monument to
a discharged overseer who tried to beautify the landscape for future

Commercial Uses: The uses of the palm are varied. Besides furnishing
food, and shelter in the form of thatched roofs, the fiber is used in the
manufacture of brushes and various other articles. Palm-leaf fans, panama hats
and various articles of trade are manufactured from palm and palmetto leaves.
In some parts of the world, sugar and wine are obtained from the sap and
berries of the palm.