Sabal mexicana

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Sabal (SAH-bahl)
mexicana (mehks-ee-KAHN-ah)
Sabal Palm Sanctuary, Texas
Scientific Classification
Genus: Sabal (SAH-bahl)
mexicana (mehks-ee-KAHN-ah)
Sabal guatemalensis (1909)
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Palmate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Sabal mexicana ranges from southern Texas to coastal Nicaragua. Wild populations exist in two parts of Texas.

Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens, Coral Gables, FL. S. var. guatemalensis.


Sabal mexicana (the Texas plant was formerly separated as Sabal texana): Increasingly, it is being used in landscapes in Texas. It looks similar to S. palmetto but is shorter, tends to have a stouter trunk and has a larger fruit that also has a flattened sperical shape. The Flora of North America says that Sabal mexicana fruits are 14.8 millimeters or more in diameter (compared to 13.9 mm or less for S. palmetto.) (


Comments and Curiosities

This is a tillering palm, it exhibits saxophone style root growth (it has a heel), keep top third of heel above soil elevation!

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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