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Serenoa repens (Saw Palmetto)

Synonyms: Brahea serrulata; Chamaerops serrulata; Corypha obliqua; Corypha repens; Diglossophyllum serrulatum; Sabal serrulata; Serenoa repens f. glauca; Serenoa serrulata

Wikipedia Abstract

Serenoa repens, commonly known as saw palmetto, is the sole species currently classified in the genus Serenoa. It has been known by a number of synonyms, including Sabal serrulatum, under which name it still often appears in alternative medicine. It is a small palm, growing to a maximum height of around 7–10 ft (2–3 m). Its trunk is sprawling, and it grows in clumps or dense thickets in sandy coastal lands or as undergrowth in pine woods or hardwood hammocks.
View Wikipedia Record: Serenoa repens


Height [2]  9.8 feet (3 m)
Width [2]  6.6 feet (2 m)
Screening - Summer [1]  Dense
Screening - Winter [1]  Dense
Hardiness Zone Minimum [1]  USDA Zone: 7 Low Temperature: 0 F° (-17.8 C°) → 10 F° (-12.2 C°)
Light Preference [1]  Mostly Shady
Soil Acidity [1]  Moderate Acid
Soil Fertility [1]  Infertile
Water Use [1]  High
Flower Color [1]  White
Foliage Color [1]  Yellow
Fruit Color [1]  Black
Bloom Period [1]  Late Spring
Drought Tolerance [1]  High
Edible [2]  May be edible. See the Plants For A Future link below for details.
Fire Tolerance [1]  High
Flower Type [2]  Hermaphrodite
Frost Free Days [1]  6 months
Fruit/Seed Abundance [1]  Low
Fruit/Seed Begin [1]  Summer
Fruit/Seed End [1]  Fall
Growth Form [1]  Bunch
Growth Period [1]  Spring, Summer
Growth Rate [1]  Slow
Leaf Type [2]  Evergreen
Lifespan [1]  Perennial
Propagation [1]  Bare Root, Container, Seed
Root Depth [1]  18 inches (46 cm)
Seed Spread Rate [1]  Moderate
Seed Vigor [1]  Low
Seeds Per [1]  2000 / lb (4409 / kg)
Shape/Orientation [1]  Erect
Structure [2]  Shrub
Usage [2]  The leaf stems have been used in making baskets; The plant has been used to make brushes and cordage;
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Canaveral National Seashore II 9090 Florida, United States
Central Gulf Coastal Plain Biosphere Reserve 40530 United States  
De Soto National Wildlife Refuge IV 8007 Iowa, Nebraska, United States
Everglades and Dry Tortugas Biosphere Reserve   Florida, United States  
Fort Caroline National Memorial III 137 Florida, United States
Fort Matanzas National Monument III 269 Florida, United States
Gulf Island National Seashore II 67487 Florida, Mississippi, United States
South Atlantic Coastal Plain Biosphere Reserve 20317 South Carolina, United States  


Acutaspis perseae (red bay scale)[3]
Comstockiella sabalis (palmetto scale)[3]
Ischnaspis longirostris (black line scale)[3]
Procyon lotor (Raccoon)[4]
Pseudaulacaspis cockerelli (false oleander scale)[3]
Terrapene carolina bauri (Florida box turtle)[5]
Vulpes vulpes (Red Fox)[4]

Range Map

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Attributes / relations provided by
1USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture
2Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License
3Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
5Seed dispersal by the Florida box turtle (Terrapene carolina bauri) in pine rockland forests of the lower Florida Keys, United States, Hong Liu, Steven G. Platt, Christopher K. Borg, Oecologia (2004) 138: 539–546
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