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WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Rhapidophyllum hystrix   FAMILY Arecaceae


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rhapidophyllum hystrix   FAMILY Arecaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Needle Palm, Blue Palmetto


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image of Rhapidophyllum hystrix, Needle Palm, Blue Palmetto

JK Marlow    jkm100313_047

March    Gadsden County    FL

Angus Gholson Nature Park

Leaves spiraling, projecting upward and outward from stem, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Rhapidophyllum hystrix, Needle Palm, Blue Palmetto

JK Marlow    jkm100313_049

March    Gadsden County    FL

Angus Gholson Nature Park

Leaves fan-shaped, segments faintly corrugated; petioles 3-angled, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Rhapidophyllum hystrix, Needle Palm, Blue Palmetto

JK Marlow    jkm100313_054

March    Gadsden County    FL

Angus Gholson Nature Park

Stem underground for some time, eventually erect or leaning, to 1.5m tall, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE Palm and Palmetto species

image of Rhapidophyllum hystrix, Needle Palm, Blue Palmetto

JK Marlow    s100313_ab

March    Gadsden County    FL

Angus Gholson Nature Park

Sharp spines project from petiole base, from stolons, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Rhapidophyllum hystrix, Needle Palm, Blue Palmetto

JK Marlow    jkm160915_079

September    Beaufort County    SC

Spring Island

image of Rhapidophyllum hystrix, Needle Palm, Blue Palmetto

JK Marlow    jkm160915_082

September    Beaufort County    SC

Spring Island

image of Rhapidophyllum hystrix, Needle Palm, Blue Palmetto

JK Marlow    jkm160915_083

September    Beaufort County    SC

Spring Island

image of Rhapidophyllum hystrix, Needle Palm, Blue Palmetto

JK Marlow    jkm160915_085

September    Beaufort County    SC

Spring Island

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Rhapidophyllum hystrix   FAMILY Arecaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rhapidophyllum hystrix   FAMILY Arecaceae

 

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1213

Shrub
Perennial

Native to South Carolina & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA - SC

Rare in GA & SC

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, per Weakley's Flora

map
Click here to see a more detailed map from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium,

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...Wet ...Moist

IS THE PLANT "ARMED"?
Leaf sheaths with long (10-50cm) needle-like spines

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Palmately compound (or weakly costapalmate)
Alternate, spirally arranged

FLOWER:
Spring
Yellowish
Radially symmetrical
3 sepals
3 petals
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Red
Drupe

 

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