CHAMEROPS, L. Palm trees. Several species, from Carolina to Texas. Afforded food, wine, sugar, fruit, cabbage, fans, darts, ropes and cloth to the Florida tribes. Some afford very good fruits, like plumbs, sweet or austere, others like dates. Bears fond of them. Now chiefly used to make hats, baskets, fans and mats, with the leaves. The Ch. palmetto or Royal Palmetto, the largest rising 80 feet, wood spongy, valuable because incorruptible in water, and never eaten by worms, used for wharves and forts, resisting cannon balls. The central cabbage is delicious, trees often wantonly destroyed for it. Sap now little used, although affording Palm wine.
Medical Flora, or Manual of the Medical Botany of the United States of North America, Vol. 2, 1830, was written by C. S. Rafinesque.