Serenoa repens

Species:Serenoa repens (W.Bartram)Small
Plant Notes:A slow-growing palm well adapted to fire, some ramets have been estimated to be over 500 years old (Abrahamson 1995) and some genets to be over 5,000 years old (Takahashi et al. 20111). The fruits have been implicated in improving urinary tract symptoms (Bennett & Hicklin 1998; Austin 2004; Görne et al. 2016; Novara et al. 2016) and alopecia (Maria Borrás et al. 2016; Wessagowit et al. 2016). The fruits are rich in oleic acid, lauric acid, and B-sitosterol (De Monte et al. 2014). Their taste has been described as "rotten Cheese steep'd in Tobacco" (Dickinson 1699) or "bitterish and stinging [...] but soon becomes familiar and desirable" (Bartram in Squier 1853).
Status:Native, FACU (NWPL)
Specimen: View specimen details in the USF Herbarium Specimen Database

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Sub Class
Genus Serenoa
Species Serenoa repens (W.Bartram)Small - SAW PALMETTO


Citation SERENOA REPENS (W. Bartram) Small, J. New York Bot. Gard. 27: 197. 1926.
Basionym: Corypha repens W. Bartram 1791.
Type: GEORGIA: Glynn Co.: St. Simons Island,

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SynonymFull CitationBasionymType
Brahea serrulata Brahea serrulata (Michaux) H. Wendland, in Kerchove, Palmiers 235. 1878.BASIONYM: Chamaerops serrulata Michaux 1803. 
Chamaerops serrulata Chamaerops serrulata Michaux, Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1: 206. 1803. TYPE: FLORIDA/GEORGIA:
Corypha repens Corypha repens W. Bartram, Travels Carolina 61. 1791. TYPE: GEORGIA: Glynn Co.: St. Simons Island,
Diglossophyllum serrulatum Diglossophyllum serrulatum (Michaux) H. Wendland ex Salomon, Palmen 155. 1887.BASIONYM: Chamaerops serrulata Michaux 1803. 
Sabal serrulata Sabal serrulata (Michaux) Nuttall ex Schultes & Schultes f., in Roemer & Schultes, Syst. Veg. 7: 1486. 1830.BASIONYM: Chamaerops serrulata Michaux 1803. 
Serenoa repens forma glauca Serenoa repens (W. Bartram) Small, forma glauca Moldenke, Phytologia 14: 326. 1967. TYPE: FLORIDA: Palm Beach Co.: Lantana, 30 Dec 1966, Moldenke 24161 (holotype: AAU).
Serenoa serrulata Serenoa serrulata (Michaux) G. Nicholson, Ill. Dict. Gard. 3: 423. 1887.BASIONYM: Chamaerops serrulata Michaux 1803. 
Corypha obliqua Corypha obliqua W. Bartram, Travels Carolina 61. 1791. TYPE: GEORGIA: Glynn Co.: St. Simons Island,