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Research and Conservation in Southern Sonora, Mexico

Sabal uresana (sabal palm, palma real, palma tacú)


Sabal uresana on the Cuchujaqui east of Alamos, Sonora. Photo: Mark Dimmitt

Mature sabal palms may tower up to 50 feet (15 m). Less common than Brahea aculeata, their range includes parts of Sinaloa and central Sonora, where the palm fronds were traditionally used for weaving baskets. A key diagnostic character is that the petioles are smooth and extend well into the bluish leaf blades.


Sabal uresana on the Cuchujaqui east of Alamos, Sonora. Photo: Mark Dimmitt

Sabal uresana leaf showing the petiole extending into the leaf blade, a diagnostic trait. Photo: Mark Dimmitt