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Do Sabal Hybrids Happen Often In The Wild? Does Anyone Grow Sabal Hybrids?
Whenever I am somewhere where two Sabal species ranges intersect, I never seem to see any hybrids. For example, In South Carolina I will see Sabal palmetto with a bunch of Sabal minor at the base (and younger palmetto) but never see any hybrids. Do hybrids rarely happen? I would assume Sabals in habitats that intersected with one another would be a genetic mess, even though it is not really. Does anyone grow any Sabal hybrids or seen them happen? I am confused about the whole hybrid thing when it comes to palms. Sorry if this is a dumb question.
Encephalartos arenarius x woodii 7 years later
I was looking at the new flushes on my Encephalartos arenarius x woodii as they near there full size and realizing how much this cycad has grown since I planted it. I searched for photos of when I got the plant as a 15 gallon and found the one below pictured still in the pot. The photo was February 2011 and I planted it within weeks of the photo being taken. 7 years later one of the pups would dwarf the caudex of the original 15 gallon plant. The third pup is now flushing 5 leaves, while the larger pup has pushed somewhere in the high teens of new leaves. I'm optimistic that I'll actually live to see this be a large cycad at this rate. Chalk one up for hybrid vigor !
By Josue Diaz
Went for a walk this morning, and spent some time under a local jubaea. It's loaded with seed so I'm keeping an eye on it to get to the seeds before the squirrels do.
Syagrus x costae ? ID assistance
I had the pleasure of visiting a fantastic palm garden in Brownsville, Texas (zone 10a) a year ago for a PSST meeting. There was a nice looking Syagrus dropping fruit at the time and I collected a few of them to germinate. There was no sign next to the palm and when the owner gave a tour, I asked him specifically about the palm and he only acknowledged that it was some Syagrus hybrid. I did a little research to try and identify it and believe that it is Syagrus x costae based on the appearance of the fruit and the commonness of the hybrid. (I am not good at identifying minor differences between species!) I'm posting a photo of the tree (I apologize for the poor quality as it was difficult to photograph among so many others) as well as a photo of the fruit.
Trachycarpus & Their Hybrids
What is the difference between trachycarpus fortunei x wagnerianus and trachycarpus wagnerianus x fortunei?