Serenoa repens, the Saw palmetto;
Volusia county, Florida (01 January 2023).
Check out all that Saw palmetto lining the edge of an Ormond Beach trail. Serenoa repens is a smaller palm species rarely growing more than about seven to ten feet in height. I usually see them at about five to seven feet in height. The palm stems are lined with short, sharp spines, which can make walking through thick masses of Saw palmetto a bit challenging. From my vantage, the Saw palmetto is iconic of the Florida I grew up in.