Saturday, April 19, 2008
Exploring in the neighborhood, I came across this Serenoa repens , or Silver Saw Palmetto. I have seen lots of these saw palmettos and silver saw palmettos, but there are a couple in my neighborhood that are really silver. This clustering silver palm stands out from the crowd. The trunks will normally stay under ground until they get some age to them and then emerge and can grow a trunk 20ft long. When I was looking at this palm I noticed several different shoots from the 1 main clump. Some of the shoots were 10ft away from the main 1. There were several small palms growing so I broke off 4 different chunks which all had started growing there own roots, and gave 2 to Aaron over at A Yard in Ft Pierce. Then I potted mine up so I could nurse them past the transplant shock.The first couple pictures show the contrast between the green landscape and this silver palm next to it. Then I have a picture of 1 of the shoots of of the main clump that is at least 10ft away. Also there is a close up of the inflorescences showing the little white flower blossom it produces before fruiting. Chemicals found in the fruit of this palm are believed to help and are used to treat prostate cancer.