Palms of the Miami biennial in 150 photos

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I've finally sorted through my photos from the biennial, which I'll now post in more or less chronological order. I have IDs for almost everything, bug please correct any mistakes you see.

Our first stop was Highland Hammock State Park, which contains an amazing old growth forest. The mid day light was brutal for photos, but here's a couple (mainly with Sabal palmetto in them).

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Next stop was Archbold Biological Station, which had both Sabal etonia

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And Serenoa repens

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We were then off to Jeff Searle's nursery, where we were greater in style with cold drinks and fantastic food! In addition to all the palms in containers for sale, there is an amazing collection planted out as a garden.

Jeff's famous Dypsis carlsmithii

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A Cyphophoenix elegans

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Caryota ophiopelis

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Burretiokentia hapala

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Rows of Areca catechu "dwarf"

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Basselinia (I think either favieri or pancheri, but I can't remember)

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Kentiopsis pyriformis

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Burretiokentia hapala

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We started day two with a quick stop at Pinecrest gardens. Among other things, they had a lot of very nice Licuala

Livistona saribus

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Licuala lauterbachii

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Licuala elegans

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Next stop was Fairchild, which had a few decent plants to look at... I actually ended up spending most of the day in the Caribbean section, so I didn't see most of the gardens. Maybe next time I'm in Miami...

Copernicia macroglossa

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Hyphaene sp. with some Cocos nucifera in the background

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Copernicia x vespertilionum

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Sabal causiarum

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Copernicia hospita, C. baileyana, and friends

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Coccothrinax macroglossa

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Coccothrinax miraguama ssp havanensis

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Pseudophoenix vinifera

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Copernicia fallaensis

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Copernicia gigas and C. hospita

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Copernicia gigas

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Copernicia x textilis

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Pseudophoenix ekmanii

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Cocos nucifera

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Copernicia baileyana

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Copernicia baileyana

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Copernicia hospita

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Copernicia sp

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Copernicia ekmanii

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Copernicia baileyana

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Overall views late in the afternoon

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A small lizard hanging out in the palms...

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The next day we were off to Key West, with a couple of stops on the way. First was Mahogany Hammock in Everglades National Park.

There were quite a few very nice Acoelorrhaphe wrightii on the boardwalk trail, with some Sabal palmettos mixed in as well.

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Next stop was Royal Hammock in Everglades National Park. There were quite a few nice Roystonea regias, although they were almost impossible to photograph...

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We also saw a wide range of wildlife in Royal Hammock

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The last stop before Key West was Bahia Honda State Park. It was filled with amazing (and huge!) Coccothrinax argentata. There were also a few Leucothrinax morrisii (see the foreground leaf in the last photo).

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:interesting:

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Enjoying your palm survey, Jack. Excellent photos.

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The next day was free, and Mike Lock, Larry Black, and I rented a car to head over to Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge. It was mind blowing, with Leucothrinax morrisii stretching for miles in all directions. There were also some Serenoa repens, Sabal palmetto, and Coccothrinax argentata. We ended up spending about 6 hours exploring the refuge...

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The refuge also had a lot of nice wildlife, including, of course, Key Deer. I saw quite a few of the deer, and one of them even let me follow him around for almost an hour while he grazed!

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When we finished at the Wildlife Refuge we decided to head back to Bahia Honda State Park. When we had visited the previous day the wind was blowing pretty hard, which made it difficult to take decent photos. Unfortunately, we arrived at the state park around 2:00, and the harsh sun made photography difficult (although, I of course still took a few photos).

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I decided to wake up very early the next morning to try to get a photo of a classic Key West sunrise. The clouds didn't cooperate, but it was still fairly nice.

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After checking out of the hotel we made the short ride over to the Punta Roquena private garden. First up is an Arenga pinnata.

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Dypsis madagascariensis

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Get rid of that awful concrete wall and this would have been a postcard view...

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Coccothrinax borhidiana

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General scene at the garden

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Copernicia macroglossa

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Latania sp in the sun

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Dypsis leptochielos

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Next stop was the Villa Paradiso private garden, which also had a Cocus nucifera on the beach...

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Dictyosperma sp

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Nice plumeria

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Pseudophoenix vinifera

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Pseudophoenix lediniana

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Pseudophoenix sargentii

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Coccothrinax alexandrii

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Copernicia fallaense

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Copernicia ekmanii

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Our final palm-related stop for the day was the private Bait Shack garden.

Coccothrinax saxicola

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Coccothrinax alexandrii

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Copernicia ekmanii

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Pseudophoenix sargentii

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Copernicia macroglossa

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Pseudophoenix vinifera

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Zombia antillerum

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Licuala grandis

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Borassus sp

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The next, and final, day of the biennial started at the Block Botanical Gardens

Chambeyronia macrocarpa

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Coccothrinax borhidiana

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Beccariophoenix madagascariensis

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Zombia antillarum

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Serenoa repens "Hobe Sound dwarf"

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Wallichia disticha

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Chambeyronia sp Houailou

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Caryota rumphiana - I tried for a VERY long time to get a decent photo of this palm, which probably looks as good as it every will. Unfortunately, the light was just terrible...

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The next stop was Montgomery, where we spent the better part of the day.

Satakentia liukiuensis

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Hyphaene sp

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Arenga pinnata

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Gaussia gomez-pompae

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Ravenea xerophila

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Gaussia maya

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Hemithrinax ekmaniana

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Coccothrinax alexandrii ssp alexandrii

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Trithrinax campestris

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Caryota gigas

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Copernicia curtissii

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Acoelorrhaphe wrightii

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Caryota ophiopellis

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Butia eriospatha

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Attalea crassispatha

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Sabal causiarum

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Serenoa repens

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Butia noblickii

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Butia yatay

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Coccothrinax miraguama ssp havanensis

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Serenoa repens

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Acoelorrhaphe wrightii

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Chambeyronia macrocarpa

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Hemithrinax ekmanii

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Copernicia baileyana

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Cocos nucifera

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Sabal minor

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Pseudophoenix sargentii

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Coccothrinax miraguama

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Coccothrinax spissa

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Copernicia baileyana - is the tilt from a hurricane??

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That's all I have, I hope you enjoy!

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Jack,

Thanks a lot for posting all these great photos and giving me an opportunity to visually re-visit all these spectacular gardens! :)

Bo-Göran

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Fabulous photography Jack, publication worthy, thanks for the effort of posting.

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Thank you very much Jack.

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Perfect palm portraits! Thanks so much.

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Great photos, Thanks Jack.

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Jack,

What a "flashback" of a great biennial here in the Miami and surrounding areas. Your pictures are really nice. Thanks for sharing with us.

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Excellent work Jack! Thanks for your stellar reporting!

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Thanks for all the replies! It was a fantastic biennial - many thanks to Ray, Scott, Paul, Susan, and everyone else who played a role in setting it up!

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Awesome pictures! It was nice to meet you at MBC. I can see the extra time walking around paid off.

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Thanks Jack, your patience setting up for the right shot is evident. Thanks for the photographic record.

Tim

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Rick - Thanks for staying late and giving me a ride back to the hotel! And thanks again to everyone for the kind words.

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These photos are out of this world! Great stuff

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Great work Jack - a real feast for the eyes ~

For someone like me who hasn't had a lot of exposure to the palms of the Caribbean it's a great thread .

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Wow really love your photo journal! And thanks especially for all the ID's! It's great for us beginners!

Susan

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Great post Jack. Thanks for the great photo tour and time spent on IDs.

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Phenomenal shots. Thank you.

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      Livistona chinensis(left) and L. sp. 'konstantinosa'(right) leaf sheath
      L. sp. 'konstantinosa' inflorescence

      Immature fruits

      and fruits ready for picking

      This is a cool grower that appreciates lots of water. Cold hardy at least as much as chinensis