Figure 12. Cabbage Palm Fern. This is the most visible fern species in southern and central Florida. It grows in Cabbage Palm (Sabal palmetto) boots, the bark of Live Oaks (Quercus virginiana), or other nutrient-rich nooks. Mostly epiphytic, but sometimes terrestrial in rich, well-drained soils. The wavy, parchment-like, incompletely divided, widely lobed fronds and thick hairy rhizomes are unique.