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Brahea armata S.Watson

Blue hesper palm

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Blue hesper palms really do have blue leaves, more so than any other palm. The grow in desert canyons in northwestern Mexico, Baja California, and the Sonoran desert.

Identification: Trees are less than 50' (15 m) high and 16' (4.9 m) in diameter. The leaves form a roughly spherical top, with older leaves hanging below; if not removed, the leaves eventually form a "skirt" reaching the ground. Sometimes the blue gray leaves appear more whitish. The trunk is slightly swollen at the base. The trees produce striking flower clusters (up to 15' (4.6 m)), filled with cream-colored flowers.

Brahea armata (blue hesper palm)

Photo courtesy of L. R. Landrum, Manager, ASU Vascular Plants Herbarium

Online References:

as Compiled by the Master Gardeners of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension



Florida Palm Trees

Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants


The Palm & Cycad Society of Florida’s Plant to Palm site

Wikimedia Commons

SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network

Glaucothea elegans (Franceschi ex Becc.) I.M.Johnst.

Brahea armata var. microcarpa Becc.

Brahea clara (L.H.Bailey) Espejo & López-Ferr.

Brahea elegans (Franceschi ex Becc.) H.E.Moore

Brahea glauca Hook.f.

Brahea lucida Hook.f.

Brahea nobilis Hook.f.

Brahea roezlii Linden

Erythea armata (S.Watson) S.Watson

Erythea armata var. microcarpa Becc.

Erythea clara L.H.Bailey

Erythea elegans Franceschi ex Becc.

Erythea roezlii (Linden) Becc. ex Martelli

Glaucothea armata (S.Watson) O.F.Cook


Brahea armata description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Brahea armata (blue hesper palm)

5/25/2009 · Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior, Ari­zona
≈ 8½ × 5½' (2.6 × 1.7 m)

Range: Zones 8-10:

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