Copernicia pumos (Kunth) Kunth
Corypha pumos Kunth
Sabal dugesii S.Watson ex L.H.Bailey
Plants growing near La Huacana, Michoacan, Mexico
Photograph by: scott.zona
Sabal pumos is a single-stemmed, evergreen palm growing from 4 - 15 metres tall. The unbranched stem can be 15 - 35cm in diameter; it is topped with a crown of 15 - 25 fan-shaped leaves[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a foos and source of materials.
Increasing agriculture is causing habitat loss. The plant is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
Southern N. America - southern and western Mexico.
Sandy soils in the transition zone between tropical deciduous forest and oak forests, at elevations from 600 - 1,300 metres[
]. Much of the plants range has been converted into pasture, where the plant is still able to thrive[
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The flesh of the fruit is edible[
]. The greenish, brown-black, globose fruits can be 23mm in diameter[
The leaves are used for thatch[
The leaves are used for weaving hats, mats, baskets etc[
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