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


Image Name Common name Distribution
Brahea aculeata (Brandegee) H.E.Moore Sinaloa hesper palm Sonora, Sinaloa, Durango
Brahea armata S.Watson Blue hesper palm, Mexican blue palm Baja California, Sonora
Brahea brandegeei (Purpus) H.E.Moore San Jose hesper palm, palma de taco Baja California Sur, Sonora
Brahea calcarea Liebm. western Mexico, Guatemala
Brahea decumbens Rzed. Tamaulipas, San Luis PotosĂ­
Brahea dulcis (Kunth) Mart. Rock palm widespread across much of Mexico as well as Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador
Brahea edulis H.Wendl. Guadalupe palm Guadalupe Island in State of Baja California
Brahea moorei L.H.Bailey ex H.E.Moore Hidalgo, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas
Brahea pimo Becc. Nayarit, Jalisco, Guerrero, MĂ©xico State, MichoacĂĄn
Brahea salvadorensis H.Wendl. ex Becc. El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua
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. Archived from the original on 2010-05-28. 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. Archived from the original on 2009-01-20. Retrieved 2010-09-08.

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