(palmetto palm; family Arecaceae)
A genus of very hardy fan palms, most of which have a trunk, but some of which occur as stemless clumps. The inflorescences are formed among the leaves. The flowers are hermaphrodite. Several are extensively cultivated. There are 14 species, found in southern USA, the Caribbean, and (1 species) in northern S. America.
Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.