Low lying areas of south-eastern United States.
A low growing costapalmate leaved palm which usually has a subteranean trunk, but can sometimes grow to about 2m tall (see Figure 1).
Full sun, and lots of water. Can withstand several degrees of frost.
Figure 2. A very old plant of S. minor (labelled as
S. adansonii ) in the City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane.
Figure 1. S. minor in habitat, near Emerald Isle, North Carolina.
Figure 3. S. minor
Figure 4. S. minor , very near the northern limit of the range for any palm in North America,
Buxton Woods, Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
Figure 5. Closeup of S. minor infructescence.
Note how it rises above the leaves, unlike S. etonia .
Contributed by: Mike Gray (Figure 1) Mike Papay (Figure 2,3&5) Dr. Stevens Heckscher (Figure 4)
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