Identification of Palm Trees

In the Austin, Texas, Area: A Casual Guide for Distinguishing our Native Sabal mexicana from the Aliens.

By Landon Lockett

lockett@ev1.net

 

Sabal mexicana, aka Sabal texana

 

 

 

 

Sabal minor

 

 

 

 

Washingtonia filifera

 

 

 

Sabal palmetto

 

 

 

Trachycarpus fortunei

 

(Because it is an obvious exotic, readily distinguishable by its dinkismo, I never bothered to examine one closely. S. mexicana is massive in comparison.)

 

 

 

 

 

Date palm

 

 

 

Butia

 

 

Cycad. Common name: Sago palm. Looks like a palm but ISNíT. Smaller than any palm here, except maybe S. minor. Dark green pinnate leaves that look sorta like ferns.