6 responses to “Serenoa repens”

  1. Gabrielle

    Wow! Beautiful photos (including that of the creeping rootstock after fire) and really interesting and informative links.
    Thank you as always for BPotD!

  2. John Voss

    Large stands of this species occur on the Mississippi side of the Pearl river(the border w/ Louisiana) below Interstate 10 not far from New Orleans. It does not cross the relatively narrow waterway- except in two limited instances; an island in Blind Lagoon, and an island in Bayou Lacombe, possibly brought there by native Americans.
    I spent several years searching for it in the marshes on the Louisiana side, without success.
    It grows well under cultivation here (North shore of Lake Ponchartrain) and sets viable seed, but I’ve yet to find it (unlike the weedy Sabal genus) reproducing actively in the landscape.

  3. lynn

    I love the Saw palmetto shadows, and the habitat photo is a great way of showing how it typically looks in its native habitat. As a child I vacationed with my family on one of the Georgia Sea Islands, and got to know Saw palmetto very well. It’s so easy to take this plant for granted in the southeast US. 😉

  4. lynn

    A wonderful write-up, too – thank you.

  5. michael aman

    Here in Holden Beach, NC, it seems to be de rigeur to have a single, sometimes a pair, of stately exotic palms in the front yard. This regal race is trucked into exile and sold by nurseries. They send out a few weak new fronds and often die after a year or two. There are frequent nights here when temps drop into the low 30s, even into the high 20s. But what does seem to survive is the saw palmetto, often growing to 20 or 25 feet tall, even 3 or 4 miles away from the ocean. But I haven’t noticed that the saw palmettos are taking hold and colonizing. But short of that, they seem to be thriving 30 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach.

    1. michael aman

      And how arrogant it was for Europeans to come to a new land and try to eradicate a native plant as a pest.

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