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Anyone recognise these palm fruits
Hi Im trying to Id this palm seed. Someone very kindly gave me these in Cairns Australia last week. Unfortunately they didn't know the name, NOID SP (lol) and even more unfortunately my phone ran out of battery so I didn't end up taking a picture of the palms. They looked very much like Ponapea hentyi, except clumping (though they could've planted a bunch together). The broad leaflets are very shiny green, almost metallic, perhaps unlike P. hentyi though I haven't seen one. Still the closest I can find in likeness on the net. Possibly something from Papua New Guinea, Indonesia in that region as they had collected seed from a trip there awhile back.
I tried scaling down the size of the picture of the thin fleshed very distinctive fruit but it didn't work. Beautifully pear shaped, the colour of red chillies. In reality they're exactly half the size of the second picture (tiny), the first is a blow up for detail. Very fiddly to clean but not difficult, just needed to scrape away the red with a finger nail hoping it wasn't toxic.
Very distinctive fruit and a charming, attractive little palm with its broad butterfly winged shiny leaflets held horizontally in pairs along the midrib. The leaf size is nicely in proportion to the slender trunk(s). About seven foot tall. Growing in deep shade at that time though I think they get bright dappled shade in the morning.
Any possible tips would be appreciated, I can look them up.
I've recently ordered Butia Capitata (Pindo Palm) seeds online, and what I received clearly weren't Butia Capitata seeds. I already got a refund from the seller, but now I'm wondering what palm are these from. If someone could help me identify it, maybe I could find a use for it.
Germinating old Brahea seeds in less than 2 weeks?
it has been quite some time I posted something on Palmtalk, but now I am back and happy to see so much progress in your gardens!
Now the story:
In 2014 I received some Brahea sp. seeds from Phoenikakias, I tried them few times, but they didn't sprout and as the time passed I stopped trying and forgot that I still have some left. I rediscovered them them this April and got an idea to try "removing the lid" as I've read in topic posted by Cypalms and John in Andalucia (links bellow). And it really worked!
I removed pulp residue by sandpaper, soaked seeds for 2 minutes in 70% ethanol, then few more minutes in diluted bleach and placed in previously boiled distilled water for 2 days.
After soaking them for 2 days, I removed the area (operculum) above the embryo by scalpel to expose it. I tried to stay sterile as much as possible, to prevent bacteria/fungus contamination.
I placed prepared seeds in coco peat (also boiled for some time) so the embryos were a bit above the surface and placed them in incubator with constant temperature 30°C (86 F).
6 days later the embryo started to grow out:
Yesterday and today:
It really surprised me that even almost 4 years old seed of slow germinating species such as Brahea can sprout in less than two weeks using this technique, I encourage you to try it too!
I will try some other species such as Butia and see the results. I'll keep you updated!
John in Andalucia:
Parajubaea torallyi v. torallyi seeds wanted! (Bolivian Mountain Coconut)
Hi palm growers,
I'm looking for some Parajubaea torallyi v. torallyi (Bolivian Mountain Coconut) seed. If anybody has any i would love to buy some. I live in Melbourne, Australia.
Parajubaea cocoides seeds
I would like to source some Parajubaea cocoides (as well as Parajubaea torallyi v. torallyi) seeds. I live in Melbourne, Australia. If anybody has any to sell (or knows where i can get some) please tell me!