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Author Miller, Jono, author.

Title The palmetto book : histories and mysteries of the cabbage palm / Jono Miller
Published Gainesville, FL : University Press of Florida, [2021]

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Description 1 online resource (302 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Part 1 : Quest for the Ages: How Long Can These Things Live? -- Are Cabbage Palms Trees? Wood? Grass? -- Bootjacks: Fronds, How They Work (and Fail) -- Hunting Island: The Curious Recurved Seedling -- One Plant, Many Names -- Part 2 : Anomalies: Oddball Palms Get Noticed (and Collected) -- Diseases Stalk the Cabbage Palm -- Groves: The Strange Relationship with Citrus -- Cabbage Palms in the Landscape -- Picayune: Natural Florida Threatened by Native Palms -- Panther-Killing Palms: Disturbance Alters the Food Chain -- Birds and Bees: Wildlife in the Palms -- Coastal Creep: Natural Distribution, East Coast -- Coastal Creep: Natural Distribution, Gulf Coast -- Last Tree Standing: Rising Sea Level on Florida's Big Bend Coast -- Part 3 : Hearts of Palm: The Tree You Can Eat -- Palm Entrepreneurs: Money Growing on Trees -- Seminole Thatch: Chickees and Tikis -- Sweetgrass Baskets: Gullah/Geechee South Carolinians Create Value from African Skills -- Palm Abodes: A Different Approach to Log Cabins -- Cheesecake: The Most-Photographed Cabbage Palm -- Fine Artists Contemplate the Cabbage Palm -- Toby Kwimper: A Cinematic Experiment in Ecological Succession -- Elegance Doesn't Come Easy: The South Carolina State Flag -- Coda -- Lost in Space: What the Aliens Will Learn about Us
Summary In this fascinating journey through the natural and cultural history of the palmetto, Jono Miller offers surprising facts and dispels common myths about an important native plant that remains largely misunderstood
"The palmetto, also known as the cabbage palm or Sabal palmetto, is an iconic part of the southeastern American landscape and the state tree of Florida and South Carolina. In The Palmetto Book, Jono Miller offers surprising facts and dispels common myths about an important native plant that remains largely misunderstood. Miller answers basic questions such as: Are palms trees? Where did they grow historically? When should palmettos be pruned? What is swamp cabbage and how do you prepare it? Did Winslow Homer's watercolors of palmettos inadvertently document rising sea level? How can these plants be both flammable and fireproof? Based on historical research, Miller argues that cabbage palms can live for more than two centuries. The palmettos that were used to build Fort Moultrie at the start of the Revolutionary War thwarted a British attack on Charleston--and ended up on South Carolina's flag. Delving into biology, Miller describes the anatomy of palm fronds and their crisscrossed leaf bases, called bootjacks. He traces the underground "saxophone" structure of the young plant's root system. He explores the importance of palmettos for many wildlife species, including Florida Scrub-Jays and honey bees. Miller also documents how palmettos can pose problems for native habitats, citrus groves, and home landscapes. From Low Country sweetgrass baskets to Seminole chickees and an Elvis Presley movie set, the story of the cabbage palm touches on numerous dimensions of the natural and cultural history of the Southeast. Exploring both the past and present of this distinctive species, The Palmetto Book is a fascinating and enlightening journey" -- provided by the publisher
Notes Description based upon print version of record
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Cabbage palmetto.
Plants -- Florida
Plant ecology -- Florida
Cabbage palmetto in art.
Cabbage palmetto -- South Carolina
Cabbage palmetto.
Cabbage palmetto in art.
Plant ecology.
Plants.
Florida.
South Carolina.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780813065823
0813065828