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#41 Licuala

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 04:07 AM

Palms of the World features .................... of all things ............. palms of the world :rolleyes:

Mainly you can see Allagoptera arenaria in the foreground and Copernicia macroglossas behind them

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 04:15 AM

There are a number of Lodoicea maldivicas throughout the Gardens, both male and females with two producing fruit. It takes 5 years for a fruit to develop and mature.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 04:21 AM

There is rarely a single plant of any one species in Nong Nooch. This is a grove of Copernicia macroglossas. Their petticoats have been trimmed off for a good reason. Termites get in the old leaves and then into the trunks of the palms so they have found it best to keep all dead leaves trimmed from all the palms. It does take some getting use to though seeing the macroglossas naked. :rolleyes:

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 05:06 AM

Speaking of Copernicias, here are few others found in "Palms of the World"

First is Copernicia fallaensis

Second is Copernicia baileyana - 2 shots with one looking down into the crown

Third is Copernicia rigida

Last is Copernicia hospita

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 05:10 AM

Here is a nice grouping of Hydriastele (Gulubia) costata. :)

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 05:14 AM

Some more palms found in "Palms of the World" are:

Arenga undulatifolia (this is the old ambong type)

Astrocaryum alatum

and last is Attalea maripa

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 05:18 AM

The Nannorrhops ritchiana here are the most lush specimens I have ever seen. They seem to grow very robustly and seem to have found their perfect environment!

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 05:20 AM

Medemia argun is another palm that seems to have found its perfect growing conditions here. These are some of the smaller ones with others being another 50% taller. Here in Florida, we are lucky to have any more than 8 feet tall that are the same age.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 05:20 AM

Wow, Paul. Thanks for the preview. I really can't wait. :mrlooney:
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Posted 18 March 2012 - 05:28 AM

A couple more rare palms found in "Palms of the World":

Veitchia metiti

and

Syagrus werdermannii

I will add even more photos soon ...............

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:32 AM

Paul,

The expression "like a kid in a candy store" comes to mind. With hundreds of palm fanatics let loose in this overwhelmingly palmy environment I imagine hundreds of thousands of photos being taken. And lots of them being posted on PalmTalk. We may all be on palm overload for a long time! :mrlooney:

Thanks for the additional photos. Love those Copernicias! :) Not too many here in Hawaii, and certainly not of any size.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 02:28 AM

Looks like we have a great start of people heading for Thailand in September! :D

I figured it was time to add some more photos.

Hortus Botanicus is an area of Nong Nooch that houses collections of various plant families. The most notable collection are palms and cycads, but there are also collections of heliconias, cordylines, crotons and others. I never made it past the palm and cycad collections as they are very extensive. I spent nearly 3 days in this area photographing and making notes, and never finished ...........

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 02:44 AM

Hortus Botanicus is not an ornamental garden but rather a display area. Several plants of each species are planted in rows in raised beds and plants from each genus are kept together so you can compare them to one another.

The first thing to great you upon entering this area are the cycads. Since my main interest is the species that grow in the Americas, like the Zamias, Dioons, and Ceratozamias, I checked out these first. I never made it back to see the others such as the Encephalartos and Macrozamias. The cycad collection is one of the best in the world.

Here is a small sampling of Dioons:

First is Dioon caputoi

Second is Dioon purpusii

and last is Dioon rzedowskii

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 02:51 AM

Here are some Zamias, which happen to be the cycad genus I am most fond of:

First is Zamia decumbens

Second is Zamia dressleri

Third is the real Zamia fisheri

Fourth is Zamia inermis

Fifth is Zamia pygmaea looking really robust

and last is Zamia tuerckheimiiwith Anders Lindstrom

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 02:57 AM

Enough of the cycads ................ time to look at some palms! :drool:

The first species you find in the palm area are the Licualas and the first Licuala you see is one of the most outstanding ones - Licuala mattanensis 'mapu'! :D

Here are 3 forms. It is impossible to pick a favorite I think :blink:

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 03:00 AM

I have never seen so many Licuala species in one place and being a favorite genus of mine, I was in seventh heaven! :D

Here is Licuala cordata - bothe the solid leaf form and the split leaf form.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 03:05 AM

Here are some more Licualas that you just don't find every day :mrlooney:

First is Licuala glabra

Second is Licuala beccariana

Third is Licuala fordiana

and last is Licuala longipes

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 03:08 AM

And in case you haven' seen enough already, just a couple more Licualas ...........

First is Licuala pitta

Second is Licuala malajana

Third is Licuala platydactyla

and last is Licuala sarawakensis

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 03:12 AM

Okay, I reckon that is enough of the Licualas, although I could post more!!! :mrlooney:

Here is something slightly different that you also do not find very often anywhre at any size - Johannesteijsmannia lanceolata! :drool:

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 03:18 AM

Hortus Botanicus is a shaded structure, but some of the palms have grown beyond the shade and have been allowed to break out into full sun. Here is one that is approaching the height, a beautiful form of Hydriastele beguini.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 03:21 AM

These were the largest Sommiera leucophyllas I have ever seen!!!

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 03:24 AM

This is a native of Thailand, Maxburretia rupicola. It is not a species you find in gardens anywhere, although it seems it would be a very worthwhile addition if seed ever becomes available.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 03:26 AM

There are lots of Pinangas to see as well. Here is a favorite of mine with its mottled leaves, Pinanga disticha :D

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 06:56 AM

Paul,

Thanks a lot for all the additional photos. :) Even though I was there 14 years ago for the 1998 Biennial, it's hard to grasp the sheer magnitude of what we will experience in September this year. Lots added since, and of course everything is much larger and mature now. It'll be pretty amazing - whether one has visited in the past or not. Should be the ultimate palm (and plant) experience! :)

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 12:28 PM

Those Licualas are Schmick.. :drool: :drool: :drool: I look fwd to seeing them in the flesh very soon.
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Posted 02 April 2012 - 04:05 PM

Are you going there too, Pete?

Regards, Ari :)
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Posted 02 April 2012 - 05:02 PM

Are you going there too, Pete?

Regards, Ari :)

Yes Ari,this time I will visit Nong Nooch, but not for the biennial, much prefer to go at my own pace. :) Pete
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 01:11 PM

Whilst you are in holiday? Good one Pete. Let me know how that goes... might go there next year too.

Regards, Ari :)
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:38 AM

Mahalo Paul for taking the time to post the great photos - it will be nice to see the palms up close & personal in September
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