Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia

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Most habitat and range descriptions were obtained from Weakley's Flora.

Your search found 6 taxa in the family Arecaceae, Palm family, as understood by Weakley's Flora.

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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Saw Palmetto
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Serenoa repens   FAMILY: Arecaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Serenoa repens   FAMILY: Arecaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Serenoa repens 031-01-001   FAMILY: Arecaceae

 

Look for it in pine flatwoods and maritime forests

Common in GA, rare in SC (though locally abundant)

Native to South Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Dwarf Palmetto, Bush Palmetto, Dwarf Blue Palmetto, Bluestem Palmetto
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Sabal minor   FAMILY: Arecaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Sabal minor   FAMILY: Arecaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Sabal minor 031-02-001   FAMILY: Arecaceae

 

Look for it in swamps, maritime forests, low moist woods, esp in calcareous soils developed from shell limestone (marl), rarely planted as an ornamental farther inland, where persisting (and appearing native) or possibly naturalizing

Rare (rare in NC Piedmont, where introduced)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Cabbage Palmetto
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Sabal palmetto   FAMILY: Arecaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Sabal palmetto   FAMILY: Arecaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Sabal palmetto 031-02-002   FAMILY: Arecaceae

 

Look for it in maritime forests, marsh edges, and other near-coastal communities

Common (rare in NC)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Needle Palm, Blue Palmetto
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Rhapidophyllum hystrix   FAMILY: Arecaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Rhapidophyllum hystrix   FAMILY: Arecaceae

 

Look for it in moist to wet soils of small blackwater stream swamps, esp where underlain with coquina limestone ("marl"), hydric hammocks and rich, wetland-upland transitions

Rare in GA & SC

Native to South Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Pindo Palm, South American Jelly Palm, Brazilian Butia
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Butia odorata   FAMILY: Arecaceae
(?) INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Butia capitata   FAMILY: Arecaceae

 

Look for it . It is widely planted in the outer Coastal Plain of se. NC, e. SC, e. GA, and FL. It persists and can appear naturalized in apparently semi-natural situations

Waif(s)

Non-native: Brazil & Uruguay

 


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camera icon Common Name: Coconut Palm
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Cocos nucifera   FAMILY: Arecaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cocos nucifera   FAMILY: Arecaceae

 

Look for it . It rarely reaches our shores as propagules (coconuts, which may germinate and live briefly), but it is not established

Waif(s)

Non-native: probably tropical islands of western Pacific (now pantropical)

 


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