Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1290

Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Rare (rare in NC Piedmont, where introduced)

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, per Weakley's Flora

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...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Palmately compound

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
3 sepals
3 petals
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Drupe

 

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

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 (1968) 031-02-001:
Sabal minor   FAMILY Arecaceae

GREATER THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Sabal minor

GREATER THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Sabal deeringiana

 

COMMON NAME:
Dwarf Palmetto, Bush Palmetto, Dwarf Blue Palmetto, Bluestem Palmetto


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Mark A. Musselman    mam_dwarfpalmetto031406

March    Dorchester County    SC

Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest

Drupes globose, 6-8mm in diameter, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm100508_006

May    Charleston County    SC

Drayton Hall

Flowers on the way..

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JK Marlow    jkm180506_484

May    Crawford County    GA

Blade usually divided medially, a long V-shaped gap between the two halves, per Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of Northern Florida and Adjacent Georgia and Alabama by Robert Godfrey.

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JK Marlow    jkm090627_036

June    Mecklenburg County    NC

UNCC Botanical Garden

Leaf blades without a midrib, per Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast.

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JK Marlow    jkm090627_038

June    Mecklenburg County    NC

UNCC Botanical Garden

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JK Marlow    jkm100612_080

June    Mecklenburg County    NC

UNCC McMillan Greenhouse

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JK Marlow    jkm090717_053

July    Georgetown County    SC

Hobcaw Barony

Stem below ground (rarely emerging). Petioles long and 3-angled, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

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JK Marlow    jkm090717_057

July    Georgetown County    SC

Hobcaw Barony

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JK Marlow    jkm071231_006

December    McCormick County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Edgefield Ranger District

Petiole unarmed, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.


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