Brahea moorei

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Figure 1. B. moorei at Yucca-do, Mexico




Common Names:

Dwarf Rock Palm


The Sierra Madre Oriental in north-eastern Mexico


Dry, high altitude oak forest on rocky limestone slopes, between 1500, and 2000m.


A small palm with an underground trunk, and a sparse crown of lush, dark green leaves with white undersides. The inflorescence is erect, and stands above the foliage.


Only recently introduced into cultivation, this is a very hardy, attractive palm, with a big future as a horticultural subject.


Shady, very well drained position. Drought and very frost tolerant (down to -10&degC).

Figure 2. B. moorei
Figure 3. B. moorei showing the white undersides.

Contributed by:

Richard Travis (Figure 1,2&3)

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