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Brahea decumbens 2.jpg
Brahea decumbens
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Subfamily: Coryphoideae
Tribe: Trachycarpeae
Genus: Brahea
Mart. ex Endl.

Erythea S.Watson
Glaucothea O.F.Cook

Brahea is a genus of palms in the family Arecaceae. They are commonly referred to as hesper palms and are endemic to Mexico and Central America.[1][3] All Hesper Palms have large, fan-shaped leaves. The generic name honours Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601).[4]


Image Name Common name Distribution
Brahea aculeata - Koko Crater Botanical Garden - IMG 2345.JPG Brahea aculeata (Brandegee) H.E.Moore Sinaloa hesper palm Sonora, Sinaloa, Durango
Brahea armata (Palmera azul) I.JPG Brahea armata S.Watson Blue hesper palm, Mexican blue palm Baja California, Sonora
Brahea brandegeei.jpg Brahea brandegeei (Purpus) H.E.Moore San Jose hesper palm, palma de taco Baja California Sur, Sonora
10.brahea.calcarea (14616873169).jpg Brahea calcarea Liebm. western Mexico, Guatemala
Brahea decumbens 1.jpg Brahea decumbens Rzed. Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí
Brahea dulcis (Kunth) Mart. Rock palm widespread across much of Mexico as well as Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador
Brahea Edulis.JPG Brahea edulis H.Wendl. Guadalupe palm Guadalupe Island in State of Baja California
Brahea moorei L.H.Bailey ex H.E.Moore Hidalgo, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas
Brahea pimo Becc. Nayarit, Jalisco, Guerrero, México State, Michoacán
Brahea salvadorensis.JPG Brahea salvadorensis H.Wendl. ex Becc. El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua
Brahea sarukhanii H.J.Quero Nayarit, Jalisco

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  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ "Genus: Brahea Mart. ex Endl". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2004-10-15. Archived from the original on 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
  3. ^ Govaerts, R. & Dransfield, J. (2005). World Checklist of Palms: 1-223. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  4. ^ Henderson, Andrew; Gloria Galeano; Rodrigo Bernal (1997). Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. p. 54. ISBN 978-0-691-01600-9.
  5. ^ "GRIN Species Records of Brahea". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Archived from the original on 2009-01-20. Retrieved 2010-09-08.

External links[edit]

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