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Hesper Palms
Brahea decumbens 2.jpg
Brahea decumbens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Subfamily: Coryphoideae
Tribe: Trachycarpeae
Subtribe: Livistoninae
Genus: Brahea
Mart. ex Endl.

Erythea S.Watson
Glaucothea O.F.Cook

Brahea is a genus of palms in the Arecaceae family. 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]


  1. Brahea aculeata (Brandegee) H.E.Moore – Sonora, Sinaloa, Durango - Sinaloa Hesper Palm
  2. Brahea armata S.Watson – Baja California, Sonora - Blue Hesper Palm, Mexican Blue Palm
  3. Brahea brandegeei (Purpus) H.E.Moore – Baja California Sur, Sonora - San Hose Hesper Palm, Palma de Taco
  4. Brahea calcarea Liebm. - western Mexico, Guatemala
  5. Brahea decumbens Rzed. - Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí
  6. Brahea dulcis (Kunth) Mart. – Rock Palm - widespread across much of Mexico as well as Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador
  7. Brahea edulis H.Wendl. – Guadalupe Island in State of Baja California - Guadalupe Palm -
  8. Brahea moorei L.H.Bailey ex H.E.Moore - Hidalgo, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas
  9. Brahea pimo Becc. - Nayarit, Jalisco, Guerrero, México State, Michoacán
  10. Brahea salvadorensis H.Wendl. ex Becc. - El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua
  11. 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. 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. Retrieved 2010-09-08.

External links[edit]

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