Several of the palms in my garden came from an expedition to find and study different Brahea species in Northern Mexico.
The trip started in Calexico, California side attempting to sleep in my van with 103 degrees at midnight. The next morning I picked up a Mexican train bound for Los Mochis with buddy Ed Green. Don't ever do this!!! It is hot as hell going across the desert on a slow train with no air conditioning. They serve cold drinks in the daytime and when the air conditioner finally comes on at night they rent you blankets!
Glad to leave Los Mochis we rented a car and headed north. Somewhere near Alamo (a cute rustic town) we headed out to the hills in search of Brahea elegans. After negotiating a small river in our rental car the locals guided us to our first B. elegans. It looked terribly old (see image). It was growing in the gravel banks of a seasonal creek or wash. The roots were extremely exposed. After a night of good rest we headed north toward a little town (it was barely that) called Nuri. On the way we spotted the tree that I have since called Brahea sp. 'Nuri'. Seeds were collected. After seeing my plants grown from this tree and reflecting on the tree called "Nuri" (see image), I feel that it is simply a more robust form of Brahea aculeata. The trunk was more massive like B. edulis and the inflorescences extended far beyond the crown. No other palms were in this very open desert area. Several miles up the road where the "town" of Nuri was located was an incredible colony of about 20 or so Brahea aculeata (see image). Please note that one of the trees was very blue. All of them had the classic slender trunks and semi-dwarf stature. Seeds were collected then back to the city for our next day adventure finding the Santa Rosa Canyon where Brahea nitida survives. We were very close to the Nogales Arizona boarder and headed back south on a gravel back road for several miles. To the east of the road we finally spotted the canyon (see image). It was a beautiful site with palms growing every where among enormous boulders with trunks up to 40 feet or more. The canyon was extremely difficult to enter trying to climb these enormous rocks. At the time none of the trees were with seed. I was fortunate to find a few seedlings that I quickly put into my water bottle. These babies are still with my garden today. In my opinion Brahea nitida is one of the most beautiful of fan palms. They have no thorns, grow fast and their leaves are round 360+ degrees with a glaucus underside. It is my opinion that Brahea "Super Silver" is nothing but a blue nitida.
One more trip that i would like to mention on this topic was one to Monterey, Mexico where I collected Brahea moorei growing on cliffs near what is called Las Grutas or the caves north of the city of Monterey (see images).
I'm looking to acquire a handful or so(whatever one may have to spare) of the following species of palm seeds. I'd be much obliged for your generosity.
!) misc Brahea Species
4 Adonidia merrillii
6) Sabal Species(Not Sabal minor)
Hi Everyone. I trust that everyone is well in these trying times that we were thrust into so suddenly.
Does anyone know what species this is?
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Which brahea am I? Am I armata?
I will appreciate any inputs/ comments on the ID of these 2 Brahea palms.