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Tall, vertical Saw Palmetto
Saw this when hiking through Myakka River State Park outside of Sarasota, a saw palmetto with a high, vertical trunk. I've seen plenty with a trunk going up maybe a few feet off the ground, but never as high or straight as this individual.
Classic Central FL palms
By Yunder Wækraus
We saw this pretty mixed palm, pine, and oak forest on a camping trip on the Deseret Ranch over the weekend. (And I've added a picture of a mature crested caracara that we saw on our way out of the ranch; habitat with this sort of forest mixed with cattle pasture is the only place you can find this species thriving in Florida.)
La Cantera Palms
I was walking through La Cantera (an open air mall on the north west side of San Antonio) the other day and I saw some interesting palms (at least interesting for San Antonio). I believe the palms in the first picture are Phoenix dactylifera, and I believe that's Serenoa repens in the second. Can anyone confirm that they are those species?
I have seen many Phoenix canariensis growing around San Antonio (I have one growing in my yard as well), but not so many Phoenix dactylifera. It was interesting to see such tall specimens growing here (if that is what they are). I saw about 8 this size alone at La Cantera.
Whatever the second palms is, it looks like it is fruiting seeds. I didn't notice the seeds until after I got back home and looked at the picture. I'll have to go back on a collection run soon; it is a good thing I live close by!.
Florida Serenoa repens
By Brad Mondel
Here's some pictures of Serenoa repens in habitat around northern Florida. They're scattered about by the thousands along with Sabal palmetto and S.minor. They provide food for many animals like the black bears and many birds.
If you look close you can see a stripe of faint variegation in this frond:
Hope you enjoy these photos. I never considered growing the green variety but after seeing them in habitat I'm sold.
Erna Nixon Park
By Yunder Wækraus
I visited Erna Nixon park today for my first time. I've seen a lot of Florida wild land, but I was really amazed by the quality of the old growth vegetation in this little park. It's not more than 15-20 minutes from my house, but it's just far enough inland to have a completely different vibe. Whereas the hammock hike in Archie Car 15 miles south of my house is dominated by gumbo limbo and strangler figs, this park has zero strangler figs (at least none that I saw), zero gumbo limbo, but there are absolutely massive live oaks festooned with multiple species of epiphytes. My favorite aspect of the park is the quality of its palms, many of which are growing directly out of the water. I wish I had taken more photos, but my kids were acting up, and I only got one good shot. This picture has both S. Palmetto and S. Repens (blue variety) growing out of marshy, fern-covered ground. Look closely, and you can see there are actually a few red leaves proving it's actually fall this far inland.