Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Sabal minor (Jacq.) Pers.
- Family: Palm (Arecaceae)
- Flowering: September-November
- Field Marks: This species differs from other low-growing palms by the absence of threads
the leaf margins and by the absence of spines on the leaf stalks.
- Habitat: Moist ravine slopes, moist hammocks, bottomlands, floodplains, swamps, river terraces.
- Habit: Shrub with underground rootstocks.
- Stems: Underground and sometimes above ground, up to
20 feet tall.
- Leaves: Clustered at the base of the plant, fan-like, palmately divided into many narrow
segments, bluish, up to 3 feet across, each segment without threads along the margin and with a very
short or no midvein; leaf stalks smooth.
- Flowers: Several in clusters, small.
- Sepals: 3, up to 1/10 inch
- Petals: 3, up to 1/8 inch long.
- Stamens: 6.
- Pistils: Ovary superior; style very short.
- Fruits: Drupes black, spherical, dull or shiny, about 1/2 inch in diameter.
- Notes: The fruits are eaten by
various species of birds and mammals.
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