Sabal uresana

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Sabal (SAH-bahl)
uresana (oor-eh-SAH-nah)
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Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, Coral Gables, FL.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Sabal (SAH-bahl)
uresana (oor-eh-SAH-nah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Costapalmate, with recurving leaf.
Survivability index
Common names
Sonoran Palmetto

Habitat and Distribution

An endemic palm, confined to the Sierra Madre Occidental. Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest. Range includes parts of Sinaloa and central Sonora, Mexico. Scattered in thorn forest and oak forest along watercourses.

Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, Coral Gables, FL.


Height: To about 25 to 30 feet. A key diagnostic character is that the petioles are smooth and extend well into the bluish leaf blades.


Tolerates hot sun and dry winds. Cold Hardiness Zone: 8a

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Comments and Curiosities

Uses: The palm fronds were traditionally used for weaving baskets.

Conservation: Vulnerable.

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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