This palm can be found growing in many parts of Mexico as well as Guatemala and other Central American nations. It grows in dry open woods and for some reason is not happy in my dry garden.
I bought it in April of 1998 from Kapoho Palms in a conetainer and placed it in the ground two 1/2 years later. Here it is in November of 2000.
Four and 1/2 years later it looked like this, no where near the growth of B. armata. I'll admit to having irrigation problems and it hasn't gotten as much as it should.