Pseudophoenix sargentii subsp. sargentii

Common names: Sargent's cherry palm buccaneer palm
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 22. Treatment on page 112.

Stems 4–8 m, smooth. Leaves 1.5–3 m; segments inserted on rachis at divergent angles, usually in groups of 3–5, waxy gray-green abaxially. Inflorescences arching, 7.5–12 dm. Fruits 1–2 cm diam. 2n = 34.

Phenology: Flowering summer.
Habitat: Rocky, calcareous soil of coastal hammocks and scrub
Elevation: 0–10 m


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Fla., Mexico, Central America (Belize).


Pseudophoenix sargentii subsp. sargentii also occurs on the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. The other subspecies, P. sargentii subsp. saonae (O. F. Cook) Read, is thought to comprise two varieties distributed in Cuba, the Bahamas, and Hispaniola (R. W. Read 1968). Read now thinks that perhaps none of these subspecies or varieties should be maintained (C. Lippincott 1992).

For an excellent account of the history of this palm in the Florida Keys and modern efforts to restore this species to habitats that it originally occupied, see C. Lippincott (1992).

Selected References


Lower Taxa

Scott Zona +
H. Wendland ex Sargent +
Sargent's cherry palm +  and buccaneer palm +
Fla. +, Mexico +  and Central America (Belize). +
0–10 m +
Rocky, calcareous soil of coastal hammocks and scrub +
Flowering summer. +
Botanical Gazette +
Illustrated +
Cyclospathe +  and Sargentia +
Pseudophoenix sargentii subsp. sargentii +
Pseudophoenix sargentii +
subspecies +