Sabal palm, palmetto palm
Sabal palmetto, Fam. Arecaceae
Solitary palm, 6-25m tall, large domed crown, trunk 30-45cm diameter patterned with old leaf bases that appear criss-crossed. Previously Corypha palmetto.
Other invasive plants
Invasive plants that are not prohibited or restricted invasive plants, but are known to spread readily and cause negative impacts, within the region.
|Form or habit:||Palm or palm-like plant|
Simple, twisted, spirally arranged, fan-like with long stalk and deeply segmented green to blue-green blade to 2m long.
|Flower description:||Numerous small white or cream, borne on many branched sprays as long as the leaves.|
|Fruit description:||Round shiny fleshy black berries, 1.2mm in diameter, contain one small round and slightly flattened seed.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Origin:||South east America|
|Notes:||Spread by: birds, bats, garden waste, water. Invades/threats: coastal dunes, Melaleuca forest, wetland areas. Notes: garden escapee. An extensive naturalised population at Seaforth has virtually ‘taken-over’ the understorey of Melaleuca leucadendra wetland where waterlilies were once common in open areas. Plants flower and fruit when quite young and seeds germinate readily. Environmental weed.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|