Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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

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...Wet ...Moist

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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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Arecales

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