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Sinaloa Hesper Palm,
Aculeata Fan Palm
Distribution & Habitat:
Found in western Mexico (Sonora, Sinaloa, Durango) in the southern part of Sonora Desert on very dry, stony soils.
A small to medium sized solitary fan palm with a rough trunk (to 5m tall), an open crown of relatively large (up to 1 metre across), light green leaves, lightly armed petioles, and a long branched inflorescence which extends past the leaves.
The leaves are used by the locals for thatching and for weaving.
Sunny, very well drained position; drought and frost tolerant. Slow growing, but a good plant for desert gardens, and warm temperate climates. Rarely seen in cultivation.
Note: all the images were taken in
Huntington Botanical Gardens.
Fred Zone 10A (Figure 1,2&3)
Colin Wilson (Figure 4&5)