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Video of Giant Oraniopsis appendiculata

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During a walkabout break from the Palm show at Brisbane Botanical gardens Mike green (Newcal ) and Craig (Chakoro ) discovered this huge Oraniopsis and considering that they are not one of the faster growing palms this one must be of a considerable age .

:drool: Wait for the video to buffer a bit !

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Troy

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That's quite impressive!

Thanks for sharing.

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Thanks Troy!

Makes me very glad I moved mine after Len and Matt P's insistance..

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Holy Moly!

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Troy thanks for posting this...that palm was absolutly massive... and to see it with others who were just as awestruck as me was a real privilege.

Mike mentioned that the roots had tapped into the stream water which would account for its large and impressive growth on what is regarded as a very slow growing species.We estimated that it is around 35 years in the ground as the gardens were developed late 1974 with most plantings in the late 70s early 80s.Possibly the largest in cultivation south of the wet tropics.

As can be seen by Troys fantastic posts the Mt Cootha Botanic Gardens is a real gem and a must see when in Queensland.

Your awestruck brother in palms Chakoro. :drool:

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That is impressive.

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doubly so

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That palm didn't have any trunk a couple of years ago, so I reckon Oraniopsis must be one of those palms that are really slow until they form a trunk, and then start to grow at a reasonable rate once the develop a trunk....there is hope for us yet!

Daryl

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Mine is currently about a meter tall..

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Here's my baby....slow!

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Very nice Daryl...how long has it been in the ground and how big was it when you planted it?

How big is it now?Just trying to get a grip on how they grow here.

Oh yeah heres mine...

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I had a another which i nurtured in the ground for six years but lost it in the drought... still hurts to think of it :( ... oh well the pleasure and the pain of growing palms.Craig.

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Craig, maybe 7 years in the ground? It was 18" tall at planting and is now 4-5ft...has been slow but doesn't get any water apart from what falls out of the sky. It is also competing with a rather large Blue Quandong...

Daryl

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Heres mine... just over a meter tall I think.. Surrounded by a weedy blanket to keep it warm during winter...

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uummm, yeah, thats it, keeping it warm... thats my excuse

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Daryl ,thanks for that...the problem i had with the one i lost was that the soil being sandy became hydrophobic during periods of drought,this one in the photo has had the soil amended with good topsoil and organic matter and only gets what water falls from the sky it is also in root competition with other trees and hasn`t looked back.

Bill looking good there my friend...Oraniopsis though tropical grow at altitude(as well as sea level) and are very hardy to cold but not dryness,so the weeds could be a type of low maintainance living mulch right?(trying to help you out here mate ;) )

Regards Craig.

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