SAW PALMETTO (Serenoa repens)

A medicinal palm

This small palmetto, besides being an original palm that is very resistant to cold, is a medicinal plant. Its active ingredient is found in the lipidosterolic extract of its ripe fruits, which have antiandrogenic and antiestrogenic action. That is, they inhibit the action of sex hormones. This extract is included as an active ingredient in medications against benign prostatic hyperplasia, and in anti-hair loss shampoos for women.

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Habitat: It grows in sandy coastal forests, especially pine forests.

Distribution: Florida Panhandle and nearby coastal areas.

Description: Multi-stemmed, hermaphrodite palm, up to 6 meters long, with an initially rhizomatic and then aerial trunk covered by the remains of the leaves, palmate leaves of a yellowish to bluish green color, 1.5-2 meters long, white or yellowish inflorescence and shiny black fruit.








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