Brahea calcarea

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Brahea (brah-HEH-ah)
calcarea (kal-kah-REH-ah)
Brahea calcarea craftz.jpg
Huntington Botanical Gardens, Los Angeles, California, photo by Paul Craft
Scientific Classification
Genus: Brahea (brah-HEH-ah)
calcarea (kal-kah-REH-ah)
Brahea nitida, Brahea prominens.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Costapalmate
Survivability index
Common names
White Rock Palm

Habitat and Distribution

Brahea calcarea is found in Guatemala, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest. Found in dry, open bush-land.


Trunk: Solitary. Hight: to about 12 m. Leaf detail: Costapalmate leaves, shiny green above, glaucous below, mature frond has droopy tips. The only Brahea not to have armed petioles. Requirements: Full sun, well drained soil, water sparingly. Frost and drought tolerant. Does not do well in high humidity. Growth rate: Slow.


Full sun, well drained position. Frost and drought tolerant. Dislikes high humidity. Slow growing.

Comments and Curiosities

External Links


Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

Special thanks to Geoff Stein, (Palmbob) for his hundreds of photos.

Special thanks to, Dr. John Dransfield, Dr. Bill Baker & team, for their volumes of information and photos.

Glossary of Palm Terms; Based on the glossary in Dransfield, J., N.W. Uhl, C.B. Asmussen-Lange, W.J. Baker, M.M. Harley & C.E. Lewis. 2008. Genera Palmarum - Evolution and Classification of the Palms. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. All images copyright of the artists and photographers (see images for credits).

Many Special Thanks to Ed Vaile for his long hours of tireless editing and numerous contributions.

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