Mexican Palmetto

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 Sabal mexicana subsp. var.  Mexican palmetto, Oaxaca palmetto, Rio Grande palmetto
Sabal mexicana 1.jpg
Habit: palm-cycad
Height: to
Width: to
60ft 12ft
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Lifespan: perennial
Origin: Texas to Guatemala
Exposure: sun, part-sun
Water: moderate
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USDA Zones: 9 to 12
Sunset Zones: 10, 12-17, 19-31
Flower features: white
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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.[1] The specific name, mexicana, is Latin for "of Mexico." It is closely related to S. guatemalensis, and the two species may be synonymous.[2]

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.[3] The drupes[4] are black when ripe and 12 mm in in diameter.[3]

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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