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Syagrus species/hybrids x3 for ID
I planted the following three Syagrus species and/or hybrids on my garden lot way back around 2013. I grew most if not all of them from seeds. At one time they were tagged but no longer. I believe one of them (#3) may be S. picrophylla but need confirmation. Nos. 1 & 2 are true unknowns. All of them are smaller and much slower growing than common queens. Nor have they been affected by the fursiarum wilt that killed off all my queens and mules in 2014/15. None of them has flowered yet. They are easy-growing palms that take my climate and soil in stride.
Syagrus ID #1
Small Cactus for ID
Last weekend I attended a plant sale at the Edison-Ford Estates. There I found this little cactus in a 4" pot. Its skin was very blue and its reddish-purple spines formed an attractive pattern. I've never seen one before and have no idea where to look in my Anderson book of cacti. Can anyone tell me what species it is and anything else about it? Thanks.
Mystery Cactus for ID
I need this Syagrus species identified please. I tried under the "Cold Hardy" heading, but got no replies. All inputs will be welcomed.
Current Favorite Cycad?
Similar to "favorite" palms, it is always changing which is my "favorite" cycad. Over the weekend, I would have picked this hybrid, big green ancient and twisted looking Encephalartos horridus x woodii. While my favorite will likely be different with a new flush, a cone, or maybe just different lighting, this gets the award today. My son, my dog, and his ward (the black lab pup) all give this perspective on how long the leaves are given it's partial horridus parentage, but then again, the woodii is coming through. The mother was a Steytlerville E horridus, which may explain part of the look. I just love those vicious looking leaflets too!
So what is your current favorite? Perhaps a colorful flushing Zamia or Ceratozamia, a fuzzy flushing Dioon, or a fork leafed Cycas species? Enough suggestions, post your own favorite.
Cycad ID - Is this an Encephalartos?
I just repotted the pictured blue-green cycad and couldn't find any nametag. I think it came from a palm friend in CA. It looks like an Encephalartos to me but I'm no expert. Could someone please give me its correct name?
I also have a general question about Encephalartos: Are most of them growable in FL's hot, humid, rainy summers or do the require more arid climates? Do blue Encephalartos lose their blueness in humid climates?
Thanks for helping out. Photos below
Cycad for ID