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Scientific Name:Serenoa Repens
Common Name(s): Saw Palmetto
Parts Used: leaf
crashdive123 22 Jul, 2009
Often forms dense stands. Usually a low shrub with thick, branced, creeping or horizontal stems; occasionally erect, reaching tree-size. Leaves stiff, narrow, bladelike segments. Leafstalks usually longer than blades, armed with shard recurved spines. Flowers ivory-white; in large, fragrant, plumelike clusters. Fruit oblong, black when rigpe, 1/2 - 1 inch long. Height usually 3-7 feet. Found in sandy soils, fine forest, prairies, dunes. Eastern Louisiana to Forlida, north to Sout Carolina. Flowers May-July. Fruit October-November. Use: Salad, cooked vegetable. New leaves develop one at a time from a spikelike terminal bud at the top ot the stem. The base of the bud, the palm heard is firm textured, tet tender and makes an excellent salad or cooked vegetable. Note: Although removing the terminal bud kills the plant, palmettos are temendously abundant - virtual weeds in the deep south