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  2. Hilo Jason

    How Bout a 'Color' thread?

    This photo looks like it was taken here in Hawaii!
  3. Hilo Jason

    Caribbean Adventure

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing those with us!
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  5. sandgroper

    Caribbean Adventure

    Fantastic photos mate! What a lovely place.
  6. The Gerg

    Caribbean Adventure

    Thanks for letting me share. I had so many missed opportunities to snap so many more palm photos, but at least I got some. i included the last picture just cause I think it’s pretty cool. The Atlantic Ocean on the left. The Caribbean Sea on right.
  7. The Gerg

    Caribbean Adventure

    Good view of the jungle below.
  8. Hilo Jason

    New palm- Anyone seen one like it?

    That Kentiopsis Olivoformis is looking really nice!
  9. Jim in Los Altos

    Palm trees dying?

    They look badly underwatered. Pygmy Date palms are native to humid Southeast Asia with high rainfall. They like lots of water especially in the dry air of Southern CA. It’s almost impossible to overwater them. Your’s look water starved.
  10. The Gerg

    Caribbean Adventure

    Largest P. Elegans I’ve personally ever seen in person.
  11. The Gerg

    Caribbean Adventure

    Who doesn’t love C. Renda?
  12. The Gerg

    Caribbean Adventure

    St. Kitts.....Again, went to the rain forest part of the island. The view out the window gives a good idea of the jungle feel. This part of the rain forest has a botanical garden within. The windows without rain were very short making a lot of photography difficult for this amateur.
  13. The Gerg

    Caribbean Adventure

    Then off to the prettiest rum distillery I’ve ever been too (my only one as well). I certainly loved the landscaping.
  14. Jim in Los Altos

    Giant Fan Palm Cracked and Sap Running Down Trunk

    My Cayota urens started flowering over two years ago and now is forming lots of fruit. I think it has at least another year left before going into decline. Perhaps one’s climate has a bit to due with the duration of life after flowering. I had another Caryota flower and fruit and that whole process took over three years. I had the palm removed even though it still had a green canopy and it was mysteriously leaking lots of sap through a several feet long fissure in its trunk. We don’t have thunderstorms here more than once every few years and, when we do, they’re fairly weak by the usual standards so it definitely wasn’t that.
  15. The Gerg

    Caribbean Adventure

    Next stop was Martinique. This tour guide took us up to a rain forest to start. Not too many palms up there but endless ferns and bamboo along with Mahogany trees.
  16. pj_orlando_z9b

    Scottsdale Coconut

    From eyewitness accounts, many cocos near the water survived in Vero that winter. So either coastal Vero or just south of there. I always say West Palm south is the safe zone. I bought mine for $19 and planted it right in the ground (pic below) It took a beating in Jan 2018 when 1 night dipped to 28F. Last winter had 1 night below 40F. Such is like in 9b Florida. Took 12 months for the crown to fully grow back. This summet is the first year it fruited.
  17. The Gerg

    Caribbean Adventure

    Couldn’t resist the selfie with the wife with kids and palms in background. I like vet their rock weather station in last photo.
  18. BS Man about Palms

    New palm- Anyone seen one like it?

    @Jeff Searle This..
  19. Hello all. I just want to share a few pics from a trip I just returned from a couple weeks ago. The palms are not rare for those of you who live in tropical areas, but they are not palms I get to see on a regular basis where I live. First up was Barbados. Our tour guide wanted to take us up to this lookout point (I forget the name). I could tell just looking out the windshield I was going to like this place. It is not a palm garden or anything but it sure got my juices flowing.
  20. wrigjef

    Scottsdale Coconut

    I don’t doubt you at all. If I lived there I would plant more cocos as they died! But the question really is when we’re these cocos planted? Surely post 2010! The coco I’m referring to was at least 40ft but my guess was 50ft. It was a monster and now it’s gone!
  21. Hello everybody Waiting impatiently to meet all of you in our beautiful island ! For coming, the easier way i think is by Paris, and when you are in Paris, as you notice, there are 5 companies that have direct flights to Reunion - from Paris CDG or ORLY - (because of a lot of connections, as Reunion is a french territory). All those 5 companies are good ones with new planes and good standards so you can easily compare just the prices If you travel by Paris, the better option is to go directly to Reunion island, the other options (as for example by Madagascar) are not good ones, there will be complicated, long and expensives. On an international flight (from USA), you will necessary arrive to Paris CDG. So if you would like to take a direct correspondance, it would be easier for you to leave Paris to Reunion island in the same Airport. If not, you will have to connect the 2 airports, so it could be quite long because you will have to cross Paris (2 hours). But if you will stay a little in Paris, never mind, you can leave Paris to Reunion whether from CDG or ORLY. Another options could be to come by London and Mauritius (correspondances Mauritius - Reunion are often and easy), but not sure it's easier because of one more correspondence, and less flights London - Mauritius than Paris - Reunion. I don't know if it would be possible to come from USA west coast by the pacific way (i think it may be longer), but you have to notice that there are direct flights to Reunion from Bangkok and to Mauritius from Singapore. An other advice, you'd better decide if you register a pre or post tour before booking your flights, because if you do it, you could whether go to Reunion and from Reunion go to the tour you choose (Madagascar or Mauritius), that is probably easier for going to Madagascar (Madagascar is probably easier to go from Reunion island than to go directly), but you can also go directly to the tour you choose (particulary if it's Mauritius) and then to Reunion (or the opposite for a post tour). If you book a pre or post tour, our local travel agency (Bourbon Voyage) could help you if you want, to book your regional flights. Be careful for example than the different options of pre or post-tour in Madagascar are not necessary on the same airport arrival in Madagascar. Don't hesitate if you have other questions. Maybe Palmtalk is the easier way to inform you of the different options, better than to inform each participant directly. See you soon.
  22. As part of the exciting 2020 Biennial offering, the IPS is pleased to announce the pre and post trips through Madagascar. The big island of Madagascar is a center of biodiversity, famous worldwide for its extraordinary landscapes, fauna and amazing flora, ancient culture… it is the place of a great floristic richness especially on palms with 192 species of which the vast majority are endemic. But, the palms of Madagascar are in great danger! Deforestation nibbles the Malagasy forest cover step by step and 83% of Malagasy palm species are now threatened with extinction. Participating at one of these trips will be a unique opportunity to finally discover Madagascar and its mythical forests populated with rare plants and lemurs. Either one of these trip will be unforgettable. To do this, Palmeraie-Union teams, who know well those places, have prepared for you 5 different options, always in small groups of 6 to 7, 8 or 9 people. These tours have been specially chosen to observe the most interesting places in terms of flora and especially of palm trees. All these trips are organized in connection with a specialized travel agency based in Madagascar that will guarantee you a welcome and quality support throughout your stay. All accommodation, transfers and visits will be taken into account. https://palms.org/pre-post-tours-of-madagascar/
  23. HHI is full of old and tall palmettos
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