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Sabal minor (Jacq.) Pers.
Dwarf palmetto, Bluestem palm

Family: Arecaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Shrub

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Southeastern United States.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Possibly Extirpated or Extinct in the Wild

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

South Florida History and Distribution: Ranked as possibly extirpated in Rare Plants of South Florida (Gann et al. 2002, pp 169-170) based on collections in 1929 (Glades County) and 1983 (Charlotte County). No new records are known, but this could easily be overlooked.

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

Comments: For images, click on the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants link below.

For a digitized image of Elbert Little's Florida range map, visit the Exploring Florida website. Note: Little's map shows the distribution of this species further south and more complete than it is in actuality. This species is scattered in peninsular Florida and historically limited to Charlotte and Glades counties in South Florida.

Other data on Sabal minor available from :

Sabal minor has been found in the following 2 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Charlotte County Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
Glades County Presumed Extirpated Presumed Extirpated

Sabal minor has been found in the following 3 habitats :
Alluvial Forest
Mesic Hammock
Prairie Hammock