saw palmetto Arecaceae Serenoa repens
Leaf:Alternate, palmately compound, fan shaped, leaflets very long (2 to 3 feet) and lance shaped, leaf stalk with very sharp edges, blue green in color, over all leaf nearly round and several feet long.
Flower:Small white flowers occurring on large (several feet), branched clusters, appearing in early summer.
Fruit:Fleshy drupe, nearly round, 1/2 to 3/4 inch across, dark blue, maturing in early fall and persistent into the winter.
Twig:Absent, since leaves appear directly out of an unbranched (occasionally branched), short trunk.
Bark:Rough, covered with reddish brown, old leaf bases.
Form:Bush or small tree with a sprawling horizontal trunk and a round crown of large, fan shaped leaves.