Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum

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I recently spent a morning at our local palm arboretum in St Petersburg, FL.  I posted some pics on the IPS Facebook page, but thought I would post all of them here.  It's a beautiful place located on the waterfront among other public spaces which include several different parks, a swimming pool, tennis courts, a beach, jogging/biking paths, a Pier, and plenty of free parking.  I first visited the arboretum in 1994 and have watched it evolve and grow over the years.  It's a must see for palm enthusiasts visiting the Tampa Bay area.  It's open every day and it's free of charge.  For more information click here http://www.stpeteparksrec.org/gizella-kopsick-arboretum.html

 

New Chambeyronia leaf, Sabal uresana, and Bren in front of an Attalea sp.

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I think this is Dictyosperma album var. conjugatum

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A tall vareigated Foxy Lady among other palms, and Dypsis "Mayotte"

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Dypsis cabadae

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Carpoxylon macrospermum

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Newly planted

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Baccariophoenix sp.

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Bismarckia nobilis

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Wodyetia birfurcata

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Hyphaene

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Chameyronia 

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Satakentia liukiuensis

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Not sure what this is

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Livistona chinensis and Roystonea regia 

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Coccothrinax crinita losing their "beards"

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Foxy Lady

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Acoelorrhaphe wrightii

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Jamaican Tall Coconuts

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Acrocomia sp.

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Sabal mauritiiformis                                                                                               Syagrus glaucescens

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Archontophoenix sp.

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Cycad

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Foxy Lady                                                                                                              Veditchia sp.

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Kentiopsis oliviformis 

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Foxy Lady                                                                                                              Pseudophoenix sargentii

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Copernicia macroglossa

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Copernicia hospita                                                                                                

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Various Veitchia species

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Dypsis decaryi

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Dictyosperma sp.

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Corypha sp.

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Another Corypha                                                                                                   Bren behind the trunk

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Sabal "Lisa"

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Caryota gigas

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The palm arboretum

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Saribus rotundafolius

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More Sabal "Lisa"

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Syagrus botryophora                                                                                            

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Corypha sp.

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Syagrus sancona                                                                                                   Newer planted Sabal yapa

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Beccariophoenix sp.

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More Cycads

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View of Tampa Bay from the arboretum

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Neat pics! It's definitely one of my favorite places in the area. The 2 Beccariophoenix there are B. madagascariensis (formerly 'no windows'), and the palm that you said "not sure what this is" I believe is a Chambeyronia hookeri. 

 

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Grouping of Chambeyronia. 

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Copernicia alba 

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That's possibly the best collection of pictures from Kopsick I've seen. :greenthumb:

It is 30 minutes away so I visit DTSP about once a month and I try to go to Kopsick when I can. What a great area, those waterfront parks are just fantastic. 

Just looking at all the pictures one by one...

That Satakentia is gorgeous, is it not? Possibly the best looking palm there. :drool:

I think that Archontophoenix sp is alexandrae, but I'm not 100% sure. The directory saying what is in each bed didn't seem to mention it. If anyone can comment on what it is I'd be very interested in knowing... I rescued some of it's seeds from the squirrels and now I've got about a half-dozen healthy seedlings from that palm. 

That  Saribus rotundafolius is a neat looking palm. I'm glad you posted it because I mistakenly thought it was some sort of Livistona. 

I think I read somewhere the Pseudophoenix sargentii is a hybrid, but I'm not sure what it is... While we're on the subject of hybrids, the last Archontophoenix pic you have is of an alexandrae x cunninghamiana. I've got one planted in my side yard, but that one looks a whole lot better than mine does at the moment. lol

Thanks for posting all the pics, really great job! :greenthumb::greenthumb::greenthumb:

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21 minutes ago, Zeeth said:

Neat pics! It's definitely one of my favorite places in the area. The 2 Beccariophoenix there are B. madagascariensis (formerly 'no windows'), and the palm that you said "not sure what this is" I believe is a Chambeyronia hookeri. 

 

Thanks Keith!

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3 minutes ago, RedRabbit said:

That's possibly the best collection of pictures from Kopsick I've seen. :greenthumb:

It is 30 minutes away so I visit DTSP about once a month and I try to go to Kopsick when I can. What a great area, those waterfront parks are just fantastic. 

Just looking at all the pictures one by one...

That Satakentia is gorgeous, is it not? Possibly the best looking palm there.

I think that Archontophoenix sp is alexandrae, but I'm not 100% sure. The directory saying what is in each bed didn't seem to mention it. If anyone can comment on what it is I'd be very interested in knowing... I rescued some of it's seeds from the squirrels and now I've got about a half-dozen healthy seedlings from that palm. 

That  Saribus rotundafolius is a neat looking palm. I'm glad you posted it because I mistakenly thought it was some sort of Livistona. 

I think I read somewhere the Pseudophoenix sargentii is a hybrid, but I'm not sure what it is... While we're on the subject of hybrids, the last Archontophoenix pic you have is of an alexandrae x cunninghamiana. I've got one planted in my side yard, but that one looks a whole lot better than mine does at the moment. lol

 

I agree about the Satakentia.  It really is beautiful.  

Thanks for the info on the hybrids!

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One of my all time favorite gardens. It's amazing what all is thriving there and you can't beat the price!

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:greenthumb::greenthumb: Great Pictures Jeff.. Glad to see everything there is looking good.

Agree with Andrew, Kopsick is one of those "gems" among easily accessed and entry-fee free gardens well worth a visit. The collection also is a great resource to the community and should serve as an example of how space in city parks in other places can be utilized. Have seen many groups of people from all over touring the garden numerous times while there collecting seed.  Besides more Palms/Cycads.. it would be awesome to throw in a one of a kind collection of rarer flowering trees. It is about the only thing missing from this little slice of paradise. Do miss not being able to make the weekly/ bi-weekly drive up there.

RR,

Depending on where in the park you picked up the seed, they might or might not be from A. alexandrae. The collection has alexandrae,  plus specimens  of A. cunninghamiana,  A. " walsh river "  the Alex X cunninghamiana cross, a small A. purpurata (over by the Veitchia grove/ Foxylady, K.O.s) and a couple others i can't recall the names of atm.. If memory serves me correct, the Alexandrae was located near the Buccaneer and Sugar palms, ( Arenga pinnata) almost directly across from the larger Cop. macroglossa and Dictyosperma. Have had 60-100% germination with seed id collected off all the species except A. purpurata which, at least in my attempt, were quite sensitive.

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very  good garden and fantastic pictures!!!!

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8 hours ago, Silas_Sancona said:

RR,

Depending on where in the park you picked up the seed, they might or might not be from A. alexandrae. The collection has alexandrae,  plus specimens  of A. cunninghamiana,  A. " walsh river "  the Alex X cunninghamiana cross, a small A. purpurata (over by the Veitchia grove/ Foxylady, K.O.s) and a couple others i can't recall the names of atm.. If memory serves me correct, the Alexandrae was located near the Buccaneer and Sugar palms, ( Arenga pinnata) almost directly across from the larger Cop. macroglossa and Dictyosperma. Have had 60-100% germination with seed id collected off all the species except A. purpurata which, at least in my attempt, were quite sensitive.

I think they're alexandrae then, I got all the seeds from the archies near the P. sargentii. I've got some Veitchia coming along nicely now, but the other seeds haven't done as well. I've been wanting the Roystonea borinquena to produce seeds but they're not cooperating with me. 

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2 hours ago, RedRabbit said:

I think they're alexandrae then, I got all the seeds from the archies near the P. sargentii. I've got some Veitchia coming along nicely now, but the other seeds haven't done as well. I've been wanting the Roystonea borinquena to produce seeds but they're not cooperating with me. 

:rolleyes: Funny you mentioned the Borinquenas.. As many times as id visit, i can't recall seeing infos on them very often. Have seen city workers cutting out the seed heads on the regias a couple times though. Was hoping to have seedlings going of both Royals before i'd moved. On the other hand, it has been a challenge trying to get what seedlings that i have re-potted. Lack of humidity here has already taken it's toll. I'll spare everyone images of what now sits in the Fire pit.:crying:

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On 6/18/2016, 12:01:38, Silas_Sancona said:

:rolleyes: Funny you mentioned the Borinquenas.. As many times as id visit, i can't recall seeing infos on them very often. Have seen city workers cutting out the seed heads on the regias a couple times though. Was hoping to have seedlings going of both Royals before i'd moved. On the other hand, it has been a challenge trying to get what seedlings that i have re-potted. Lack of humidity here has already taken it's toll. I'll spare everyone images of what now sits in the Fire pit.:crying:

Boriquenas are really difficult to locate. My last hope was for Kopsick seeds, but I guess I'll just have to settle with regias. 

Sorry to hear you're off to a rocky start out there with palms. :( 

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I was there two weeks ago as well and the jubaea/butia hybrid has viable seed.  However the squirrels seem to be eating every last seed up there so I doubt there will be any available for collection. 

The E. Princeps have to be the largest ones in the US. 

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12 hours ago, TexasColdHardyPalms said:

I was there two weeks ago as well and the jubaea/butia hybrid has viable seed.  However the squirrels seem to be eating every last seed up there so I doubt there will be any available for collection. 

The E. Princeps have to be the largest ones in the US. 

Kopsick is a special place, glad you had a chance to go there while you were in the area. :) 

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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! It's an amazing park:yay:

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Fantastic pics Jeff... thanks for sharing!

I visit Gulfport for work once a year and always make sure I get to this place. :greenthumb:

I'd be interested to know if anyone has ever collected viable Attalea seeds from here before??

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On July 4, 2016 at 06:38:35, Josh76 said:

Fantastic pics Jeff... thanks for sharing!

I visit Gulfport for work once a year and always make sure I get to this place. :greenthumb:

I'd be interested to know if anyone has ever collected viable Attalea seeds from here before??

I've tried but I never seem to get there at the right time. I think that they're old enough to be viable if gotten at the right time though. 

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On 7/4/2016, 12:38:35, Josh76 said:

Fantastic pics Jeff... thanks for sharing!

I visit Gulfport for work once a year and always make sure I get to this place. :greenthumb:

I'd be interested to know if anyone has ever collected viable Attalea seeds from here before??

I think I've seen some before, but haven't tried germinating any.

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