Spiny palms in pots, show us your monster!

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Hello palm lovers,

 

I have to say, these palms are not too much favorite but I think they deserve it! :) Show us your spiny palms, here is my Verschaffeltia splendida:received_1924226417596878.thumb.jpeg.ac8

Seed came from my friend in Singapore, I have to say, it is one of the fastest palms in pots and spines are very dangerous!received_1924226017596918.thumb.jpeg.703

 

Happy growing palm lovers 

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My most spiny palms were Phoenix theophrasti; they don't have »real« spines but very very spiny leaflets. Below two old photos of 5 years young little monsters:

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@Pal Meir 

They are stunning, you gave them a very good care! :) And what is the palm behind?

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28 minutes ago, GrumpyGrower said:

@Pal Meir 

They are stunning, you gave them a very good care! :) And what is the palm behind?

In the 2nd photo? A sunburned 22 years old Ptychosperma macarthurii.

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I got 10 Verschaffeltia splendida seeds from Thailand. Two have germinated so far. I will have to keep them potted on dollies to roll indoors as necessary. This species is way too cold sensitive to be planted in my climate. I see they are really spiny right form the start. Have to break out the leather gloves.

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@Pal Meir 

And how big pot does it have? I have some Ptychosperma sp from Canary Islands and they are really slow. Yours is perfect

@PalmatierMeg

Can I ask where did you buy? I saw many Thailand sellers offer seeds on eBay. Gloves after year will be necessary. This palm from Seychelles has to be protected from a giant turtle, that's why it does have these incredible spines after germination and with trunk the spines are gone. So don't eat seedlings as the turtle! :D

 

I want to share another spiny monster:

Salacca zalacca. This one is from salak - snake fruit. It will have 2 years soon.received_1922146897804830.thumb.jpeg.c5a

Close look on spines:received_1922146954471491.thumb.jpeg.4f6

 

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Hi!

My offering is Acanthophoenix Rubra. Grows slowly, and I tend to bring it in on the coolest winter nights.... otherwise it's doing ok for me...

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Prickly!

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@Jan Jo 

This one looks fantastic, I must search for some seeds, wow! How old it is?

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29 minutes ago, GrumpyGrower said:

@Jan Jo 

This one looks fantastic, I must search for some seeds, wow! How old it is?

Thanks! I too ordered this one from the Canary Islands as a small seedling about 5 years ago now... grows steadily but pretty slowly as you can see. I thought it would be more tender, from what I'd read about them...

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10 hours ago, GrumpyGrower said:

Can I ask where did you buy? I saw many Thailand sellers offer seeds on eBay. Gloves after year will be necessary. This palm from Seychelles has to be protected from a giant turtle, that's why it does have these incredible spines after germination and with trunk the spines are gone. So don't eat seedlings as the turtle! :D

I found an eBay seller in Thailand who offers viable, fresh rare/uncommon palm seeds at decent prices. PM me if you want to know more about him. I don't promote non-IPS member sellers on PT. He has Pholidocarpus macrocarpa seeds at the moment - beautiful palm related to Livistonas. I was tempted but the spines appear 1-2" long, just a bit too lethal for me.

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My contribution to this thread would be a palm that I believe to be a Gastrococos crispa, but not sure.

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It's got spines all over just randomly on both sides of the leaves. Even this small it was a nightmare to repot and it's in a big enough  for it topot in which it to stay for some years to come. The little palm has been struggling  for some time but now seems to pick up the pace a little.

Then there's an Astrocaryum alatum. It appears to only have spines on its first few leaf (petioles) as new leaves don't show any real spines.

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Aiphanes aculeata seedling.

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And...

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1 hour ago, PalmatierMeg said:

I found an eBay seller in Thailand who offers viable, fresh rare/uncommon palm seeds at decent prices. PM me if you want to know more about him. I don't promote non-IPS member sellers on PT. He has Pholidocarpus macrocarpa seeds at the moment - beautiful palm related to Livistonas. I was tempted but the spines appear 1-2" long, just a bit too lethal for me.

I'm buying from him too, last time I bought his Pholidocarpus macrocarpus and 4 Borassus flabellifer. He also offer very weird Verschaffeltia splendida which can be a new variety (you can find here thread in this pot section) but I think he has high prices according to the average salary in Thailand. He don't have to go to the job after you buy some items :D

 

@Kai

Thank you so much for your photos!!

Gastrococos?? Super monster. Can't believe how some plant can be so spiny as this one.

I was trying to germinate some Astrocaryum but without success. Aiphanes is so cool, I have some seedlings too, they are much younger than yours:

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And your Plectocomia? That's a dream for me. I was trying 2 species from this genus and almost no success. I have only 1 seedling of Plectocomia pierreana but worth it. You have really green fingers :)

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Spines of Verschaffeltia today:IMG_20180507_090138.thumb.jpg.bbedce9390

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Spikes! My fav!!!

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The Rubra even sports em on the fronds!!! Super cool

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Gru Gru.... ouch!:rage:

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On 5/6/2018, 2:12:27, Kai said:

My contribution to this thread would be a palm that I believe to be a Gastrococos crispa, but not sure.

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Looks like Acrocomia (Gastrococos) crispa. I saw thousands of seedlings when I was in Cuba in 2014. Those golden spines covered every part of them and glistened in the sunlight. Beautiful but vicious.

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@Jupiter1

Your palm is truly amazing!! What species, do you have it from seed? Thank you for sharing your photos :)

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4 hours ago, PalmatierMeg said:

Looks like Acrocomia (Gastrococos) crispa. I saw thousands of seedlings when I was in Cuba in 2014. Those golden spines covered every part of them and glistened in the sunlight. Beautiful but vicious.

Thanks Meg, Acrocomia was the name I was looking for. I'm having trouble keeping up with all the name changes. I liked Gastrococos more, but hey, what can I do?

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2 hours ago, GrumpyGrower said:

@Jupiter1

Your palm is truly amazing!! What species, do you have it from seed? Thank you for sharing your photos :)

Thanks!! I assume you are referring to my orange stem. It's a phoenicophorium borsigianum. I obtained it as a 4 inch cup from a grower down in South Fl. Couldn't pass them up. Spikes, colors and warts!!:rolleyes:

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1 hour ago, Jupiter1 said:

Thanks!! I assume you are referring to my orange stem. It's a phoenicophorium borsigianum. I obtained it as a 4 inch cup from a grower down in South Fl. Couldn't pass them up. Spikes, colors and warts!!:rolleyes:

Soo this is normal?

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Acrocomia totai 2nd leaf is already showing its fierceness.

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I found stunning spiny palms in botanical garden (also in pot). This Acanthophoenix rousselii looks very dangerous!

 

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