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The easiest and most obvious difference between them is at the petiole bases (where the leaf attaches to the trunk). W. robusta usually has purple/reddish petiole bases, while W. filifera has green.
Here are a couple of images illustrating the difference:- [[dallaspalms.comimageskernelsW.robusta_petiole.jpg" W. robusta petiole and [[dallaspalms.comimageskernelsW.filifera_petiole_Dal.jpg" W. filifera petiole
W. robusta also has a thinner trunk, is taller, and is a significantly faster grower than W. filifera
Here is a picture of the two growing [[dallaspalms.comimageskernelsW.%20robusta%20by%20filifera.jpg" side by side
Note: all the images are at [[dallaspalms.com" Dallas Palms