Serenoa repens

Serenoa repens (Bartr.) Small

Common Names

Saw palmetto

Languages: English

Description

Lookalikes

Serenoa repens may be confused in the field with some low-growing species of Sabal palms, but Serenoa repens petioles (leafstalks) are covered with many tiny prickles and the leaves lack the prominent extension of the petiole along some or much of the length of the leaf that is evident in Sabal.  Everglade Palm (Acoelorrhaphe wrightii) has green flowers (rather than white) and larger, stouter, usually curved orange prickles on the petiole. (Petrides 1988)

Author(s): Shapiro, Leo
Rights holder(s): Shapiro, Leo

Taxonomy

  • Brahea serrulata (Michx.) H. Wendl. (synonym)
  • Corypha repens Bartr. (synonym)
  • Serenoa serrulata (Michx.) Nichols. (synonym)

References

Petrides, G. A. (1988).  A Field Guide to Eastern Trees. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.