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Brahea armata


Blue Hesper Palm

ParentsUnknownGenus is not in the current taxonomy
SpeciesarmataSpiny or thorny, literally “armed”

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Blue hesper palms really do have blue leaves, more so than any other palm. The grow in desert canyons in northwestern Mexico, Baja California, and the Sonoran desert.

Identification: Trees are less than 50' (15 m) high and 16' (4.9 m) in diameter. The leaves form a roughly spherical top, with older leaves hanging below; if not removed, the leaves eventually form a “skirt” reaching the ground. Sometimes the blue gray leaves appear more whitish. The trunk is slightly swollen at the base. The trees produce striking flower clusters (up to 15' (4.6 m)), filled with cream-colored flowers.

Brahea armata (Blue Hesper Palm)

Photo courtesy of L. R. Landrum, Manager, ASU Vascular Plants Herbarium

Online References:

Brahea armata on cals.arizona.edu

Brahea armata on floridata.com

Brahea armata on Desert-tropicals.com

Brahea armata at Florida Palm Trees

Brahea armata on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Brahea armata on CalPhotos

Brahea armata on plantapalm.com

Brahea armata on Wikimedia Commons

Brahea armata on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network

Brahea armata description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 12 Oct 2018.

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Brahea armata (Blue Hesper Palm)

5/25/2009 · Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior, AZ
≈ 8½ × 5½' (2.6 × 1.7 m)

Range: Zones 8-10:

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