saw palmetto Arecaceae (Palmae) Serenoa repens (Bartram) Small Listen to the Latin symbol: SERE2 Other Fact Sheets
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.

Looks like: needle palm - bush palmetto - cabbage palmetto
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Additional Range Information:
Serenoa repens is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting saw palmetto.
External Links:
USDAFS Additional Silvics
USDA Plants Database
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