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Taxon: Sabal mexicana Mart.

Genus: Sabal
Family: Arecaceae (alt. Palmae) subfamily: Coryphoideae tribe: Sabaleae
Nomen number: 32590
Place of publication: Hist. nat. palm. 3:246. 1838; t. 8, fig. 2-7. 1823
Name verified on: 30-Apr-2013 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 30-Apr-2013
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Miami (MIA).
Accessions: 4 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Common names:

  • Mexican palmetto   (Source: Trees US ) – English
  • Rio Grande palmetto   (Source: F Tex [as S. texana]) – English
  • Texas palmetto   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – English
  • Victoria palmetto   (Source: Trees US ) – English
  • sabal du Mexique   (Source: F NAmer ) – French
  • palma de mícharos   (Source: F Tex [as S. texana]) – Spanish

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

      Native: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
  • NORTHERN AMERICA (Check conservation status in U.S. & Canada in NatureServe Explorer database)
    South-Central U.S.A.: United States - Texas
    Northern Mexico: Mexico - San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas
    Southern Mexico: Mexico - Guerrero, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Yucatan
    Mesoamerica: El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua

  • also cultivated


  • Abbiw, D. K. 1990. Useful plants of Ghana. [introduced].
  • Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston. 1970. Manual of the vascular plants of Texas. [= S. texana].
  • FNA Editorial Committee. 1993–. Flora of North America.
  • Glassman, S. F. 1972. A revision of B. E. Dahlgren's Index of American palms. Phanerog. Monogr. 6:1–294.
  • Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening.
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. 1976. Hortus third.
  • Little, E. L., Jr. 1979. Checklist of United States trees, Agric. Handb. 541.
  • Lockett, L. 1995. Historical evidence of the native presence of Sabal mexicana (Palmae) north of the lower Rio Grande Valley. Sida 16:711–719.
  • McVaugh, R. 1983–. Flora Novo-Galiciana.
  • Moore, H. E., Jr. 1963. An annotated checklist of cultivated palms. Principes 7:165.
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).
  • Standley, P. C. & J. A. Steyermark. 1946–1976. Flora of Guatemala.
  • Zona, S. 1990. A monograph of Sabal (Arecaceae: Coryphoideae). Aliso 12:639–640.


Check other web resources for Sabal mexicana Mart.:


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  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
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