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Why Do Madagascar Palms Have Some Cold Hardiness?
Why do some Madagascar palms, for example Bismarkia and Beccariophoenix alfredii, have some cold hardiness to them? They are not cold hardy in cooler zones like 8a/8b but they are cold hardy from where they come from. Most of Madagascar is north of the Tropic of Capricorn. Are they just like that? You would think that they would not be cold hardy at all.
Seeds: Pachypodium lameriei (best guess)
A friend has grown his Pachypodium for 13 years and this is the first time it has produced seed pods. Knowing I am in touch with lots of plant enthusiasts, he wanted me to offer the seeds for free to any takers. Easiest to provide to US residents who will pay shipping. There are possibly 200 - 300 seeds.
I have never grown the plant and know nothing about germination. The grower thought it was a palm, but now he knows better.
I got this orchid a while back. It was from a Sabal that was being cut down. Since then, the genus has been changed and I noticed a unique growth pattern on this particular one... is this a different species than the common one?
Back to Analalava - Madagascar (2016)
I finally sorted all my photos of my last trip in Analalava special reserve on East Coast of Madagascar.
According to me, it's probably the most amazing place in Madagascar for palms.
So are you ready for this ?
Makira Protected Area
During our trip 2016 in North-East of Madagascar, after the Masoala and Farankaraina near Maroansetra we did a trek in the Makira Protected Area.
Makira is a quite poorly known area of 370,000 ha protected in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society
We didn't manage to go until the highest altitudes of the area where Mijoro et al desrcibe in 2009 some very specific species (D ankirindro, D makirae, ...) (see : https://www.palms.org/palmsjournal/2009/v53n3p125-146.pdf)
We saw anyway between 400 and 700 m high, some fantastic species and a great diversity of palms ..
Ready ? Let's go !!
First, one of the most beautiful of course