Saw Palmetto Introduction
Saw Palmetto, whose botanical name is Serenoa Repens, is a small, low-growing, dwarf-palm tree native to Southeastern North America, particularly Florida. The Saw Palmetto plant produces berries, which when ripe each fall, are bright orange to purple, almost black ovate, 3 cm long, 1 seeded berry, rich in fatty acids and phytosterols. Officially, Saw Palmetto’s genus species/botanical name is Serenoa Repensand is in the Arecaceae (Palmae) family. Saw Palmetto is the common name, and other synonyms commonly used in other cultures include Sabal Serrulata, Serenoa Serrulata, Sabal Fructus, Sabal Baies du Chou Palmiste, Chou Palmiste, Bais du Palmier Scie, American Dwarf Palm Tree, Ju-Zhong, Palma Enana Americana, Palmier de Floride, Palmier Nain, Palmier Nain American, Palmier Scie. Many people also refer to saw palmetto as cabbage palm which is not correct. Cabbage Palmetto is sabal palmetto and grows to 80 feet tall.