Thursday, February 07, 2008

South Carolina's State Flag and the Palmetto Tree

The South Carolina State Flag

Asked by the Revolutionary Council of Safety in the fall of 1775 to design a flag for the use of South Carolina troops, Col. William Moultrie chose a blue which matched the color of their uniforms and a crescent which reproduced the silver emblem worn on the front of their caps. The palmetto tree was added later to represent Moultrie's heroic defense of the palmetto-log fort on Sullivan's Island against the attack of the British fleet on June 28, 1776.

Sabal palmetto, also known as Cabbage Palm, Palmetto, Cabbage Palmetto, and Sabal Palm,

is one of 15 species of palmetto palm (Arecaceae, genus Sabal). It is native to the southeastern United States, Cuba, and the Bahamas. In the United States it occurs throughout Florida and coastal Georgia Coastal South Carolina and North Carolina. Although historically reported from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, this population has long been extirpated. It is the state tree of South Carolina and Florida.

Sabal palmetto grows up to 20 m in height, with a trunk up to 60 cm diameter. It is a fan palm (Arecaceae tribe Corypheae), with the leaves with a bare petiole terminating in a rounded fan of numerous leaflets. Each leaf is 1.5-2 m long, with 40-60 leaflets up to 80 cm long. The flowers are yellowish-white, 5 mm across, produced in large compound panicles up to 2.5 m long, extending out beyond the leaves. The fruit is a black drupe about 1 cm long containing a single seed. It is extremely salt-tolerant and is often seen growing near the Atlantic Ocean coast, and also frost-tolerant, surviving short periods of temperatures as low as -14 °C.

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DiamondVVV1 said...

Lovely new home you have, the colours are stunningly beautiful!

Susanne49 said...

Hello Karen,

nice to see you again here. Thanks for your coompliment to the colors. YES they are this way - NO photoshop at all.I'm glad you like it.:-)

themixgrapevine said...

I started my new blog at wordpress, I have added this blog of yours, my other blog at blogger, I accidently deleted it.

Cheers on this site, I enjoy the photos, so its added now.

Susanne49 said...

Thank you so much for adding me to your Blogroll, very much appreciated!

Titania Starlight said...

Hi Susanne,
I love looking at your new pics of your new home in South Carolina.

I looked at your prior post of the bridge. I have a fear of bridges. I would have to have to ride with my eyes closed tightly. :o)

Susanne49 said...

Hi Twanya

thanks for commenting. Im happy you like Charleston as I do. Don't worry about the bridge, it's pretty fast to get from one side to the other, so you have not to close your eyes too long..LOL..

evlahos said...

wonderful colors, beautiful new place

Susanne49 said...

It is a great place to live and to do photos. Thanks for your comment, evlahos.

Susanne said...

Interesting blog, with great photos! I'm glad to see that someone else appreciates the beauty of the coast as much as we do.
I also like the way your name a lot!!

Susanne49 said...

Hi Susanne,

Nice name you have...LOL...thanks for visiting my blog. I appreciate your comment very much.

Nice to meet you!:-)


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