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He always said that nothing compared to Mauritia flexuosa in habitat. I concur.
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Wal: front/center--50 pushups DOUBLE TIME and get the lead out!
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I will also say he seemed to stress his love of New World palms
GOD! They're beautiful! ... then Kerriodoxa is MY fave fan palm genus.
I would think that the Cyrtostachys renda would be included in his favorites. In TTL, he says, "Never has nature been more profligate in lavishing beauty on a single plant." (Lord, I love the way he writes.)
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I think he mentioned Pigafetta at one point, but I can't find the post...
Posted 21 August 2006 - 04:45 PM
Ray, the first one I killed was in a container--a heavy clustering red c.s. specimen. Went off to Baton Rouge, Louisiana (drove--I know: INSANE) to do a talk thing in Feb. 2001. Put the container under an oak but, when I got back a week later, the red beauty was (as Dave would say) totally "Norwegian Blue!!"
Death of the second one (large, clustering orange) was PLANTED on north side of house, getting sun only in the mornings. Well, you KNOW how late the rainy season was this year and kust about every waking hour of June was devoted to dealing with the dying old forum and the creation of this'n. Every "night" around 3:00 or 4:00 a.m. I'd remember that I needed to water but was too tired and the lights out there are not sufficient. I pulled the brown spears out of the hollow trunks about a week ago. Every other palm near the vestiara (except for the small Verschaffeltia) survived well, including the pinangas! So, I blame ALLa yawl for my palm losses this year! ;-))
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Thanks for the laughs, Bob.
Posted 21 August 2006 - 06:35 PM
You think you know someone so well and then...sniffle.
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JOHANNESTEIJSMANNIA (yo-hahn´-nes-tysh-MAHN-nee-a) is a genus of four unsegmented but basically palmate-leaved, monoecious palms in southern Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and the western portion of the island of Borneo. These are undergrowth palms in tropical rain forests where they grow on slopes and ridges, never in swampy areas. All but one of these species forms no above-ground stem, the leaves growing directly from the ground in immense rosettes, and the exception has only a short trunk.
Johannesteijsmannia altifrons (AL-ti-frahnz) has the widest natural distribution of the genus and is found in Sumatra, Peninsular Malaysia, southern Thailand and western Borneo, where it grows in low mountainous rain forests at elevations usually above 1000 feet but below 3000 feet. The epithet is Latin for “tall frond” and alludes to the fact that the centermost leaves in a rosette may reach as high as 15 or even 20 feet. The petioles are six to ten feet long and are armed with tiny sawlike teeth which are also found on the lower margins of the younger leaf blades. The great diamond-shaped blades are as much as ten feet long in older plants and about six feet wide at their broadest points. They are a light to medium green on both surfaces and are held erect and only slightly spreading, but the older ones near the margins of the rosettes are usually spreading horizontally and somewhat pendent. There may be as many as two dozen of the giant leaves in a single rosette. This is the most widely cultivated species in the genus, and for good reason: it is supremely attractive. The species is threatened in Malaysia because of forest destruction and the gathering of the leaves for thatch. The species is sometimes called, in addition to “joey palm,” the diamond joey.
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Bo, I remember the first time I ever saw ("in the flesh," as it were) a Licuala peltata var. sumawongii. It was at Fairchild and I almost became prostrate in 'shock and awe.' There are several there now (or WERE before Wilma) with 6-ft. wide leaves.
There really are few things in nature of comparable beauty/grandeur.
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