Serenoa repens

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Figure 1. S. repens in habitat, Florida



Sabal serrulata

Common Names:

Saw Palmetto


Southeastern USA.


Open forest, and coastal dunes.


A small, densely clumping fan palm, usually with a subterranean trunk, but occasionally emergent to about 3m, with heavily armed petioles, and either plain green or glaucous leaves.


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Sunny, moist, but well drained position. Very tolerant of coastal exposure. Cold sensitive. Very tough once established. A usefull barrier plant, due to its dense clumping nature, and spines.

Figure 2. Green form of S. repens in the Palermo Botanic Gardens.

Contributed by:

Jason Skells (Figure 1)
Angelo Porcelli (Figure 2)

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