Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1367

Shrub
Perennial

Native to South Carolina & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA - SC

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

Look for it in pine flatwoods and maritime forests, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Evergreen
Palmately compound

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

FRUIT:
Fall
Drupe

 

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

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 (1968) 031-01-001:
Serenoa repens   FAMILY Arecaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Serenoa repens

 

COMMON NAME:
Saw Palmetto


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JK Marlow    jkm0303f_06

March    Beaufort County    SC

Hunting Island State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm0303g_01

March    Beaufort County    SC

Hunting Island State Park

Stem horizontal, atop or just below soil surface. Petioles often w prickles, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Serenoa repens

JK Marlow    jkm0304g_16

April    Beaufort County    SC

Hunting Island State Park

The petiole is armed with stiff spines, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.


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image of Serenoa repens

JK Marlow    jkm0304g_19

April    Beaufort County    SC

Hunting Island State Park

Leaf segments lack marginal fibers, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.

image of Serenoa repens

JK Marlow    jkm0304h_20

April    Beaufort County    SC

Hunting Island State Park

Petiole ends abruptly in the blade base, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.

image of Serenoa repens

JK Marlow    jkm0304i_14

April    Beaufort County    SC

Hunting Island State Park

Notice the new leaf at the bottom of the picture

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JK Marlow    jkm161105_051

November    Georgetown County    SC

Huntington Beach State Park

Leaves upright, fan-like, nearly circular in outline, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

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Keith Bradley    kab_serenoa_repens_72812

November    Miami-Dade County    FL

Everglades National Park