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Hybrid palm in Hardee County , Florida
By Bill H2DB
Venerable old Hybrid , that luckily was spared when the Citrus Grove was expanded .
This had been a home site , and the palm was surrounded by Oaks .
I first saw this palm in about 1976 , so it has gone through a lot .
ButiaxSyag Hardee by Bill H, on Flickr
Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and palms.
The arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are benefitial phungi that infects and live in, on and outside the roots of lots if not most of plants. They help with the intake of water, phosphorus, specially where this nutrient exists in very low concentrations or not dissolved forms and also makes plants more resistant to some diseases. They arre ubiquitous establishing symbiosis with a large number of plants. Some genus are Glomus, Acaulospora, Scutellospora, Gigaspora, Entrophospora, etc with lots of different species also. Coconuts are an example of palms that can survive and thrive, in the poorest kind of soil that is beach sand, but only with the help of the invisible mycorrizal fungi. Without this phungi Cocos nucifera would die of hunger in a short time. I have seen other palms growing in very poor soil and conditions, like the Syagrus glaucescecens in the region of Diamantina. Healthy specimens growing on pure rock., maybe with one or another deeper taproot, but overall in my eyes a very ''poor location'' to grow a palm. In the La Campana Park in Chile we found a dwarfish Jubaea chilensis growing on and in rock. I cannot imagine how it could survive and produce so much biomass without apparent soil. I only can speculate it was helped by some specific mycorrizae.
One week trip to Chile, home of Jubaea chilensis
From 11 to 18 of july I was in Chile with my family. It is certainly the most civilized country in South America. Friendly people. Safe. A lot of different sceneries for different tastes. From Santiago , a millions city to Viña del Mar a seaside resort, to snow covered mountains in a trip and places with vegetation that looks like chaparral with columnar cactus and Jubaeas, like in the Parque Nacional La Campana , sector Ocoa.
Some pics of Santiago, with Jubaeas, giant Phoenix canariensis and Jubaea
Phoenix Sylvestris or is it a hydrid?
These are my brothers palm trees which he bought a few years ago. They were sold to him as pure Phoenix Sylvestris, but are they a Phoenix Sylvestris hybrid mixed with some other palm? He is looking for a confirmation. Thanks.
I've obtained a double seeding with this mule palm seed but one of them look like it's developing two different plumules. What do you think?