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plant or part of a plant used for its flavor,
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leaves, bark, fruit, seeds, stems, and roots.
names, uses, potential side effects, and resources for more
information. Saw palmetto grows in the southern United States.
Common Names --saw palmetto, American dwarf palm tree, cabbage palm
Latin Names -- Serenoa repens, Sabal serrulata T
The ripe fruit of saw palmetto is used in several forms, including ground and dried fruit or whole berries. It is available as a liquid extract, tablets, capsules, and as an infusion or a tea.
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