Archives for the month of: November, 2012

Saw Palmetto

Serenoa repens (Bartram) Small
Tree/shrub, perennial
Native: L 48
Blooming: May, white, yellow

Location:  N30 00.126’W084 32.381′(campe site 1), N30 00.357’W084 32.66′(.3RL)
Fruit has a history of use as an aphrodisiac and to treat prostate condition.  Florida is the largest producer of saw palmetto products. Larval plant of the palmetto skipper, monk butterflies.

Seminoles made wide use of the plant.  The fruit and trunk was used as food, basketry, brushes, rope, fans and rattles, flint and steel punk, fish drags and dolls.

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Swamp Sweetbells, Sweetbells, Swam Doghobble

Eubotrys racemosa
Shrub, Perennial
Native:
Blooming: March, April, May, white

Attractive to bees.  Some sources note toxity to cattle, hence the name Calf-kill.
Location: N30 00.o94′ W084 33.343′ (1.2RL), N30 00.367′ W084 33.527′ (1.8RL),  N30 00.364′ W084 33.626′ (2RL), N30 00.353′ W084 33.666′ (2.3RR)

In 2013 the flowers were bloomed out by May, having a bloom period which did not extend as long as in two prior years.