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S. exul , S. xtexensis , S. texana
Texas sabal palm,
Rio Grande palmetto
Distribution & Habitat:
This palm is found rich coastal soils of southern Texas, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.
This is a medium to large solitary fan palm, to 15m tall, with a closely ringed, grey trunk, and persistant leaf bases, which form a crosshatch pattern on the trunk. It has up to 25 light thru to deep emerald green costapalmate leaves, at the end of smooth, unarmed petioles, up to 4.5m long.
Sunny, moist, but well drained position. Frost and drought tolerant. Slow growing.
Justen Dobbs (Figure 1)