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Sabal minor (Jacquin) Persoon. Dwarf Palmetto. Phen: May-Jul; Sep-Nov. Hab: Swamps, maritime forests, low moist woods, especially in calcareous soils developed from shell limestone (marl), hardwood flatwoods, marshes, saline barrens, also rarely planted as an ornamental farther inland, where persisting (and appearing native) or possibly naturalizing. Dist: Ne. NC (Currituck County)(or possibly se. VA?) south to c. peninsular FL, west to e. TX, c. TX, se. OK, and s. AR; disjunct in Nuevo León (Goldman 1999). This palm reaches its northern natural range limit at Monkey Island, Currituck County, NC, and other more inland sites just a few miles south of the VA border (L. Musselman, J. Boggan, pers. comm., 2006); no other New World palm has a native range extending so far north. It has been widely planted horticulturally in se. VA and is now naturalized there.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = Ar, FNA22, GW1, K1, K3, K4, NcTx, Ok, RAB, WH3; = n/a – C, F, G; > Sabal deeringiana Small – S; > Sabal louisiana (Darby) Bomhard; < Sabal minor (Jacq.) Pers. – ETx1, Tx, Zona (1990), Zona (1997); > Sabal minor (Jacq.) Pers. – S

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