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Department of Biological Science

at Florida State University

Field Guide Overview

Dominant Flora of the Ground Cover in Pine Forests of the Apalachicola National Forest

Genus/Species Serenoa repens Common Name Saw Palmetto
Family PALMAE Acronym PALM
Description

Major component of flatwoods, occurs as shrub growing from thick horizontal, low arching stems on or above the ground which do not have thorns or spines; leafstalks serrated with firm, recurved, spiny teeth; leaves flat, palmately divided; flowers June.