Palmetto

Saw Palmetto Serenoa repens are native to wet forested areas of the Southeast. Palmetto's are actually a low growing palm tree with fanlike fronds. Palmetto's grow to about 7 feet. Palmetto leaves are quite large and the plant produces deep reddish-brown oblong-ovoid fruits.

Palmetto fruits are said to have medical benefits such as treating enlarged prostate and stomach aligments and others.

Palmetto's have limited wildlife value. Deer and bears will eat the fruits but their biggest value is simply in the cover they provide various small animals such as lizards and other small animals.

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