Serenoa repens

Family:ARECACEAE
Species:Serenoa repens (Bartram) Small
Common Name:Saw Palmetto
Habitat:**
Associated Ecological Communities:**
Growth Habit:Shrub
Duration:**
Category:Vascular
USDA Symbol:**
Plant Notes:Saw Palmetto is a native perennial shrub or small tree in the Palm family (Arecaceae). It can be found in the southern third of Alabama. Saw Palmetto occurs in longleaf pinelands, on dunes, on river terraces, and in scrub forests. It is a perennial with a tough, fibrous trunk covered in the old leaf bases. The plant is unbranched and often creeping. Plants are from 1-9 feet in height. Leaves are petiolate with the petiole armed with fine teeth along its margins. The blade is fan shaped and plicate (folded like a paper fan). Flowers are produced in panicles at the bases of the leaves. Flowers are small, bisexual, and greenish white in color. The fruit is a drupe. Saw Palmetto is very drought and salt tolerant once established. It is often used in landscaping near the coast and is available from many nurseries. The fruit of Saw Palmetto are an important food for Black Bear, White-tailed Deer, and other animals. They are also collected by humans for the extraction of a steroidal drug that is used for prostrate health and to prevent baldness.--A. Diamond
Taxonomic Notes:**
Status:Native, FACU (NWI)
References:**
Specimen: View specimen details in the Alabama Herbarium Consortium Specimen Database

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Classification

FamilyARECACEAE - Palm family
Genus Serenoa
Species Serenoa repens (Bartram) Small - Saw Palmetto

Citation

Citation SERENOA REPENS (W. Bartram) Small, J. New York Bot. Gard. 27: 197. 1926.
Basionym: Corypha repens W. Bartram 1791.
Type: GEORGIA: Glynn Co.: St. Simons Island,

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Synonyms

SynonymFull CitationBasionymType
Brahea serrulata Brahea serrulata (Michaux) H. Wendland, in Kerchove, Palmiers 235. 1878.Chamaerops serrulata Michaux 1803. 
Chamaerops serrulata Chamaerops serrulata Michaux, Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1: 206. 1803. FLORIDA/GEORGIA
Corypha obliqua Corypha obliqua W. Bartram, Travels Carolina 61. 1791. GEORGIA: Glynn Co.: St. Simons Island,
Corypha repens Corypha repens W. Bartram, Travels Carolina 61. 1791. GEORGIA: Glynn Co.: St. Simons Island,
Diglossophyllum serrulatum Diglossophyllum serrulatum (Michaux) H. Wendland ex Salomon, Palmen 155. 1887.Chamaerops serrulata Michaux 1803. 
Sabal serrulata Sabal serrulata (Michaux) Nuttall ex Schultes & Schultes f., in Roemer & Schultes, Syst. Veg. 7: 1486. 1830.Chamaerops serrulata Michaux 1803. 
Serenoa serrulata Serenoa serrulata (Michaux) G. Nicholson, Ill. Dict. Gard. 3: 423. 1887.Chamaerops serrulata Michaux 1803. 

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort; choose a county or herbaria to filter the specimen data.

Counties included on distribution map: Baldwin, Covington, Dale, Geneva, Mobile, Washington

Counties represented by specimen data listed below:

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: AMAL, AUA, JSU, TROY, UNA, UNAF, USAM, UWAL

Range of years during which specimens were collected: -

Barcode / Accession No. County Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
Image
USAM000001544 Mobile 18 Mar 1969 B. Eugene Wofford
261
USAM
Serenoa repens (Bartram) Small
UNA00050291 Geneva 22 May 1998 John R. MacDonald
11244
UNA
Serenoa repens (Bartr.) Small
JSU104836 Baldwin 17 May 1974 K. E. Landers
s.n.
JSU
Serenoa repens (Bartram) Small
USAM000001546 Mobile 15 May 1972 Michel G. Lelong
6505
USAM
Serenoa repens (Bartram) Small
UNA00036329 Mobile _ Jun _ Charles Mohr
s.n.
UNA
Serenoa repens (Bartr.) Small
UNA00035881 Mobile 22 Apr 1950 Lloyd C. Crawford
980
UNA
Serenoa repens (Bartr.) Small
UWAL0003499 Baldwin 13 Sep 2008 England, J. Kevin
1124
UWAL
Serenoa repens (Bartr.) Small
JSU104835 Baldwin 17 Aug 1976 T. A. Atkinson
1905
JSU
Serenoa repens (Bartram) Small
17166AUA_ACC Baldwin 26 JUL 1969 ATKESON, THOMAS D.
177
AUA
SERENOA REPENS (BARTR.) SMALL
USAM000001542 Baldwin 09 Jun 1969 Robert Kral
35220
USAM
Serenoa repens (Bartram) Small
1712AUA_ACC Baldwin 20 APR 1923 ANONYMOUS
AUA
SERENOA REPENS (BARTR.) SMALL
JSU104839 Baldwin 20 Aug 1968 K. E. Landers
s.n.
JSU
Serenoa repens (Bartram) Small
UNAF0000691 Baldwin 25 Oct 1986 Newson, K.
04922
UNAF
Serenoa repens (Bartram) Small
UNA00035876 Mobile 28 Aug 1951 R. L. Chermock
s.n.
UNA
Serenoa repens (Bartr.) Small
UNA00035868 Baldwin 18 Mar 1950 W. A. Stallard
17
UNA
Serenoa repens (Bartr.) Small
JSU104838 Baldwin 17 May 1974 K. E. Landers
s.n.
JSU
Serenoa repens (Bartram) Small
UWAL0013647 Covington 11 Sep 2013 Diamond, Alvin R.
24524
UWAL
Serenoa repens (Bartram) Small
UNA00036354 Mobile s.d. Charles Mohr
s.n.
UNA
Serenoa repens (Bartr.) Small
UNA00036334 Washington 9 Apr 1950 Lloyd C. Crawford
880
UNA
Serenoa repens (Bartr.) Small
USAM000001545 Mobile 19 Mar 1969 B. Eugene Wofford
261
USAM
Serenoa repens (Bartram) Small
USAM000001547 Mobile 01 Dec 1980 Steven Eberly
s.n.
USAM
Serenoa repens (Bartram) Small
UNA00025252 Baldwin 24 May 1980 L. J. Davenport
1887
UNA
Serenoa repens (Bartr.) Small
JSU104837 Baldwin 20 Aug 1968 K. E. Landers
s.n.
JSU
Serenoa repens (Bartram) Small
UNA00035863 Baldwin 28 Jan 1950 W. A. Stallard
7
UNA
Serenoa repens (Bartr.) Small
UNAF0000690 Mobile 21 Oct 1986 Newsome, Kay
04068
UNAF
Serenoa repens (Bartram) Small
37877AUA_ACC Baldwin 28 SEP 1981 HENDERSON, T.
635
AUA
SERENOA REPENS (BARTR.) SMALL
UNA00035896 Mobile 25 Aug 1954 R. L. Chermock
s.n.
UNA
Serenoa repens (Bartr.) Small
TROY000009948 Geneva 26 Nov 1999 John R. MacDonald
13735
TROY
Serenoa repens (Bartram) Small
AMAL00017425 Baldwin 10 Oct 2007 T. Wayne Barger
74
AMAL
Serenoa repens (Bartr.) Small
USAM000001543 Baldwin 09 Jun 1969 Robert Kral
35220
USAM
Serenoa repens (Bartram) Small
TROY000009947 Dale 15 Oct 2000 Stephanie Johnson
2
TROY
Serenoa repens (Bartram) Small
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