Monday, April 6, 2009

Sabal minor


Dwarf palmetto is one of only two species of palm native to Texas, the other one being Sabal mexicana or Texas sabal palm. Dwarf palmetto never achieves a trunk; it stays shrubby its entire life. Some might confuse it with saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) which is used for medicinal purposes. Saw palmetto's natural range does not include Texas and can be distinguished from Dwarf palmetto by the sharp teeth along the petiole of its leaves. Dwarf palmetto grows well into Central Texas and there it seems to have less deeply cut leaves and a bluer cast.

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