San Jose Hesper Palm
Scientific Name: Brahea brandegeei (Purpus) H.E. Moore
Synonym: Erythea brandegeei, Erythea elegans
Brahea brandegeei

Size: Slowly up to 50 feet (13 m)
Min. Temperature: 22F (-5.5C)
Water Requirements: Little water
Sun Requirements: Full sun
Origin: Baja California and Sonora in Mexico
Leaf: Costapalmate, Green on the top, glaucous green on the bottom. Stiff leaflets., 3 feet long. Strongly armed, yellowish edges..
Trunk: Up to 1 foot (30 cm).
Flower: hermaphoditic. Flower stalk coming from among the leaves, shorter than the leaves.
Fruit: Shiny brown when ripe.. 0.6 to 0.8 inches in diameter (1.5 to 2 cm). round.

Easy to mistake for Washingtonia robusta. The Hesper Palm fruits are bigger, the flower stalks are shorter and less pendulous. The leaves are also stiffer.

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