Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) is a small 2m-3m tall palm , with a bare petiole terminating in beautifully fanned leaves of about 20 leaflets.
Its usage historically is sparsely recorded, however there is significant evidence of trade in Saw Palmetto stretching throughout the Native American tribes of the Creek, Choctaw, Mikasuki, Timucua, Koasati and Alabama. Linguistic evidence furthermore suggests that trade spread as far as the pre-western colonisation of the Caribbean by the South American Taíno tribes.
Fibers and herbal remains indicate a wide array of usage, some evidence suggesting cultivation for construction material as well, indicated by place names such as Kanapaha or “palm house”. For possibly hundreds of years Native Americans have used Serenoa repens for the alleviation of urinary problems as well as reproductive problems, with modern science confirming these indications as well as several other indications, such as: alleviating some forms of hair loss as well as low sperm count.