|Sabal mexicana subsp. var.||Mexican palmetto, Oaxaca palmetto, Rio Grande palmetto|
Sabal mexicana is a species of palm tree that is native to North America. Common names include Mexican Palmetto, Texas Palmetto, Texas Sabal Palm, Rio Grande Palmetto, and Palma de Mícharos. The specific name, mexicana, is Latin for "of Mexico." It is closely related to S. guatemalensis, and the two species may be synonymous.
Mexican Palmetto reaches a height of 12 - 18 m, with a spread of 3 - 4 m. The trunk reaches 12 - 15 m in length and 30 cm in in diameter. The fan-shaped fronds are 1.5 - 1.8 m wide and attach to 90 - 120 cm spineless petioles. Spikes 1.2 - 1.8 m in length yield small bisexual flowers. The drupes are black when ripe and 12 mm in in diameter.
|Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture|
Sabal texana, Becc. (S. mexicana, Auth., not Mart. Inodes texana, Cook). Robust palm, to 50 ft. and 2 1/2 ft. diam. of trunk which is bright reddish brown: lvs. 5-7 ft. across, shining and yellowish green, the segms. often parted and filamentose, the petiole stout and equaling or exceeding the blade: terminal branchlets of infl. slender: seed about 1/2 in. broad, with a prominent micropyle. S. Texas.
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