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Published: 2019-10-10

Sabal lougheediana (Arecaceae), a critically endangered, endemic palm species from Bonaire

Montgomery Botanical Center, Coral Gables, Florida, United States of America.
BonBèrdè, Tras ‘I Montaña 45, Bonaire. Dutch Caribbean.
Montgomery Botanical Center, Coral Gables, Florida, United States of America.
Montgomery Botanical Center, Coral Gables, Florida, United States of America.
anatomy Coryphoideae critically endangered single-island endemic Palmae palms Southern Caribbean Monocots

Abstract

A new palm species, Sabal lougheediana, is described and illustrated. This critically endangered island endemic, native solely to Bonaire, is characterized by a compact crown of leaves, erect leaf segments, distinctive leaf scars, and frequently vascularized fiber bundles in leaflet transection. Detail on history, morphology, range, habitat, and conservation status is presented, along with a diagnostic key.