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#1 Pedro 65

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:28 AM

This shot is of an Archontophoenix cunninghamia (Bangalow) trunk showing roots 1.5mtrs up the trunk. I always stop and look at this and try and figure out why this is so.... Its on a very popular walking trail half an hour away in part of the Stunning "Nightcap Nat Pk" . Pete :)

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 04:54 AM

Maybe it's anticipating a landslide Posted Image
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 05:50 AM

That King is confused...it looks like he has a skirt on! Those roots look like they're alive, That thing is going to get a boost in growth when they hit the ground!
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:32 AM

Thats really cool. Who would have thought.
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:52 AM

I have cycads that have put out a pup or a new growing point from damage or injury. Is that what happened to this palm? The trunk above the aerial roots looks different than the trunk below. Is that from heavy rains, the trunk having been buried, or just mother nature showing us we haven't seen everything yet that she is capable of?

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:01 AM

I occasionally see this on palms around here too. As a matter of fact my Hybrid P. roeb x reclin. is doing the same thing.

The only thing I can come up with is at some point some of the leaf bases clung tight and enough moisture, debris and what not got in there that the palm thought it was "rooting time" to get some of that GOOD STUFF!
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 02:54 PM

Steve, Justin, Chris, Leo and Bill, I have no idea why this is so, stopped everytime Ive walked the trail over the past 25 years to look for any changes, the root mass is certainly expanding. Steve, maybe the palm is a forward thinker? :) Pete
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 02:59 PM

Throw an air layer on that thing...
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 04:50 PM

Throw an air layer on that thing...


I was just starting to wonder if you could air layer some palms to shorten them at some point.
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:26 PM

It seems to be a relatively common occurance on Archontophoenix species......have seen a number of A. cunninghamiana doing this along creeks in Lamington National Park and at Palm Grove at Mount Tamborine......also have seen A. alexandrae do the same thing up in this neck of the woods.
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:47 PM

It seems to be a relatively common occurance on Archontophoenix species......have seen a number of A. cunninghamiana doing this along creeks in Lamington National Park and at Palm Grove at Mount Tamborine......also have seen A. alexandrae do the same thing up in this neck of the woods.

Common this far up the trunk?? Seen plenty with exposed roots at the base but none this far up the trunk. I look fwd to your pics Andrew.
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Posted 14 April 2012 - 01:16 AM


It seems to be a relatively common occurance on Archontophoenix species......have seen a number of A. cunninghamiana doing this along creeks in Lamington National Park and at Palm Grove at Mount Tamborine......also have seen A. alexandrae do the same thing up in this neck of the woods.

Common this far up the trunk?? Seen plenty with exposed roots at the base but none this far up the trunk. I look fwd to your pics Andrew.


Doubting me are you? Yes it is relatively common..........I am not saying that you will find it happening in every grove of Archontophoenix or on every 3rd specimen but I have seen specimens doing this in Palm Grove at Mount Tamborine, along Christmas Creek in Southern Lamington National Park, Brisbane Forest Park and also up in Eungella National Park to the west of Mackay......Do I have photographic evidence?.....no I do not but they are certainly there. Last time I hiked down in Lamington was over 15 years ago and I don't know when I will be there again!.......I may go to Eungella again in the next few years so then I will take some photos.
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Posted 14 April 2012 - 03:54 AM



It seems to be a relatively common occurance on Archontophoenix species......have seen a number of A. cunninghamiana doing this along creeks in Lamington National Park and at Palm Grove at Mount Tamborine......also have seen A. alexandrae do the same thing up in this neck of the woods.

Common this far up the trunk?? Seen plenty with exposed roots at the base but none this far up the trunk. I look fwd to your pics Andrew.


Doubting me are you? Yes it is relatively common..........I am not saying that you will find it happening in every grove of Archontophoenix or on every 3rd specimen but I have seen specimens doing this in Palm Grove at Mount Tamborine, along Christmas Creek in Southern Lamington National Park, Brisbane Forest Park and also up in Eungella National Park to the west of Mackay......Do I have photographic evidence?.....no I do not but they are certainly there. Last time I hiked down in Lamington was over 15 years ago and I don't know when I will be there again!.......I may go to Eungella again in the next few years so then I will take some photos.

Andrew, the roots are exposed for the full circumference of the trunk and for some 5 to 600mm depth, ive seen exposed roots a little up a trunk on one side before but nothing like this palm that i posted, That is why I posted it. :)
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Posted 14 April 2012 - 03:28 PM

Hello for all

Aerial roots in Archontophoenix sp?
Yes, more common than you think

It grows in my city

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And these you can see where the borrows

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 03:00 PM

here is a alex in my backyard that is putting out some roots bout 80cm above ground.This palm was damaged when young and has overlap on trunk as it grew

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 03:25 PM

Well, heres my Phoenix hybrid doing the same thing..

Here is my foot on the ground and you can see the rec. hybrid trunk I cut off...
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Then here with my heel on the groundand toes in the air, you can see the roots further up..

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And I noticed my Dypsis big red opening a leaf thru all the weeds :D

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Oh yeah Gary... yours looks like it was never removed from the pot... :huh:
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 03:55 PM

Bill,

Couldn't help the colorful shoe you have on. :D Where would somebody go to look for a pair? Might want to fly into Bangkok this september a little more on the sporty side. :D
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 04:08 PM

Bill,

Couldn't help the colorful shoe you have on. :D Where would somebody go to look for a pair? Might want to fly into Bangkok this september a little more on the sporty side. :D



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Zone 10a at best after 2007 AND 2013, on SW facing hill, 1 1/2 miles from coast in Oceanside, CA. 30-98 degrees, and 45-80deg. about 95% of the time.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 09:39 PM

Pete I see what you are saying, yeah it is quite common to see them with minor root emergence up the trunk but certainly not to the extent of the one in your photo. I have however seen a few similar to the one in your photo. :)
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 12:33 AM

I saw this coconut in the Maldives a few years back.

It looks as if it on the verge of snapping off or as if it was on the verge of rotting at some point in its life.
Interesting phenomenon.

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