Its local common name, "Palma de Sombrero," suggests one of the uses of this handsome species in its native
Mexico, where it is one of the most common and widespread of all the palms. Its general range is very large also,
extending from Texas right down through Mexico, and continuing through central America as far south as Nicaragua.
Its trunk is, as a rule, covered with old leaf bases giving it a rather stout appearance, and it carries a dense crown
of dark green, strongly arching leaves. Altogether a bold, robust and very cold hardy species and a delight to see.