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Dwarf Palmetto (Sabal minor) Observed by my sister in Centre, Alabama on November 14, 2021. By a creek in a mixed forested area (she said there were several along the creek). She gave me permission to post this here!<br />
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I was surprised for her to send me this photo as this species is not typically this far North! Geotagged,Sabal minor,United States Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Dwarf Palmetto (Sabal minor)

Observed by my sister in Centre, Alabama on November 14, 2021. By a creek in a mixed forested area (she said there were several along the creek). She gave me permission to post this here!

I was surprised for her to send me this photo as this species is not typically this far North!

    comments (8)

  1. Nice! The map on iNat shows the species up into AL, GA, NC, and even VA! Maybe the range is increasing. Posted 2 months ago
    1. This observation is the farthest north in Alabama (on iNaturalist) from what I saw. I think the range must be increasing due to climate change? Posted 2 months ago, modified 2 months ago
      1. Could be. There were a few observations in her area of AL, plus some in northern GA/TN border, in addition to those in NC and southern VA. I wonder what the range is historically? Posted 2 months ago
        1. From my experience, I've only seen them in southern AL/GA and Florida. They have always been more "tropical".

          This is the USDA range map:
          http://bonap.net/MapGallery/County/Sabal%20minor.png

          The bright green is where it was present in 2014. The dark green just indicates that it is native to that state (not that it is present in those counties). Looks like Cherokee County is in that range. I was just unaware! :O

          Side note:
          My sister has one of the only forested/untouched plots of land in her town. She has 15 acres I think. The rest of her town is really developed.
          Posted 2 months ago, modified 2 months ago
          1. This was a 2016 native range map I found:
            https://www.palmtalk.org/forum/uploads/monthly_2016_07/image.thumb.png.ce4179fe9e6df24a3140842441c1c19e.png

            Edit: I'm now reading that they are often found in the moist soils around Weiss Lake, which is near my sister's house.
            Posted 2 months ago, modified 2 months ago
            1. I'm wondering if people may have planted them ornamentally this far north? Posted 2 months ago
            2. That seems pretty consistent with the iNat spottings, aside from some outliers. Posted 2 months ago
              1. I think it threw me off because
                1) I grew up exploring the edges of Weiss Lake with my stepbrother. We would take a beaten up motorboat around the edges of the lake and explore all the cool coves, and stay away from home all day (I won't get into the details of why). We packed peanut butter and pickle sandwiches. :D
                2) I never saw this plant in the years I spent in the woods around Weiss Lake. I think its range must have expanded since I was a kid :) That or my memory is REALLY BAD.
                Posted 2 months ago, modified 2 months ago

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''Sabal minor'', commonly known as the dwarf palmetto, is a small species of palm. It is native to the deep southeastern and south-central United States and northeastern Mexico. It is naturally found in a diversity of habitats, including maritime forests, swamps, floodplains, and occasionally on drier sites. It is often found growing in calcareous marl soil. ''Sabal minor'' is one of the most frost and cold tolerant among North American palms.

Similar species: Palms
Species identified by Lisa Kimmerling
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Uploaded Nov 15, 2021. Captured in 100 W Main St, Centre, AL 35960, USA.