The Palm Society--Northern California Chapter

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Lakeside Palmetum
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Brahea aculeata
Brahea armata
Brahea armata var. Clara
Brahea armata X aculeata
Brahea berlandieri
Brahea berlandieri -Tilaco
Brahea brandegeei
Brahea decumbens
Brahea dulcis
Brahea edulis
Brahea elegans
Brahea moorei
Brahea nitida
Brahea pimo

Brahea berlandieri

Common name: var. bella
Native to: Mexico Northeastern
Mature height: 15'
Mature spread: 4' to 6'
Growth Habit: solitary
Leaf type: palmate
Brahea berlandieri

photo by: Dennis Valdez
Dale Motiska Garden


Brahea berlandieri var. bella is a horticultural selection which has at times been assigned species status. It is only distinguishing characteristic is in having uniformly green leaves in contrast to the silvery-glaucous foliage of Brahea berlandieri. However, as wild collected specimens at the Huntington Garden exhibit identical floral and structural characteristics, Brahea berlandieri var. bella can hardly be considered to be a separate species. In addition, there are mixed populations in Mexico with both "varieties" present. To add to the confusion, both have been considered to be varieties of the widespread Brahea dulcis by some authorities.

This species in the garden:
Growth rate: slow
Sunlight: full sun
Water: moderate
Cold Tolerance: 22 F
Seed or plant availability: rare

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