Bush Palmetto (Sabal minor)
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The dried leaves are used occasionally for the thatched roofs of huts.
The following reports are for S. palmetto. They quite probably also apply to this species[K].
An excellent fibre is obtained from the leaf stalks. The best quality is from young leaf stalks still in the bud, whilst coarser material is obtained from older leaves or the bases of old leaf stalks surrounding the bud. The fibres are up to 50cm long, they are harvested commercially and used to make brushes, especially where these have to remain stiff in hot water or caustics[82, 171].
Pieces of the spongy bark of the stem are used as a substitute for scrubbing brushes.
The leaves are woven to make coarse hats, mats and baskets.
The roots contain about 10% tannin. This has been harvested commercially in the past but there is not really enough tannin for profitable extraction.
Wood – light and soft. The trunks are used to make wharf piles, whilst polished cross-sections of the trunk have been used as small table tops. The wood is also largely manufactured into canes.
Cultivation & Habitat
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