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  1. 13 points
    Heading up into beautiful forest!
  2. 13 points
    Upon arriving we headed down to the local bike rental shop and rented bikes for the time we were there. I cannot say enough good things about our time on Lord Howe. Riding bikes on these roads was incredible and made you feel like you were in a National Park, but almost had it all to yourself, and it's loaded with endemic palms! Towering Kentias (Howea Forsteriana) are all over the island at the lower elevations. As seen on the road below: Our first beach stop was for a picnic lunch at Ned's Beach on Northeast side of the island. Under the shade of a Kentia. Enjoying the view of the beach: The hill you see in the photo above is part of the Malabar Hill Hike. After eating our lunch we decided to check it out. Don't fall off the cliff! Looking down a bit at Neds Beach. another view looking back from about halfway up the hill:
  3. 12 points
    After a short lunch stop at the top, it's time to head back down. I chose to eat very fast so I could spend more time up in the cloud forest. I wish I had more time, but the guides are strict so that they can get back to the bottom on time, and allow time for any sort of issues that could come up on the way down. Another amazing view on the way down: The walk back along that narrow lower ridge was a bit more challenging on the way down. My legs were weak by this point and I just had to look straight ahead and not down! Zoom in and you can see the hikers along the rope where the green meets the bare rock. Beautiful views of the lower Howea forest on the way down The finish line! Sadly we had to fly out the next day and start the long trip home through Sydney, Fiji, Samoa, Honolulu and then finally Hilo. Our legs and bodies were extremely sore for 2-3 days after the Mt. Gower Trek. But it was absolutely worth it. Lord Howe is a place like no other that we have ever visited and I highly recommend it to anyone who gets the chance. Heaven on earth is the best description that I can come up with. I hope you've enjoyed the pictures. Thanks for looking. Aloha
  4. 12 points
    Higher up, mostly with the help (and need for) ropes. The views get better and better and you can start seeing more and more Hedyscepes popping up through the canopy. Back into more jungle as we continue to head up into the cloud forest.
  5. 12 points
    We then start to notice some Howea Belmoreana, these were mixed in with Forsteriana at this point. Some were in full sun and very compact due to the sun exposure: Into the more forested area of the hike, we would see many Howea Belmoreana, some small, some overhead: Ending the hike at another beach with another great view of the mountains and some towering Kentias. Also, it was great to see many Belmoreana and Forsteriana planted alongside of these trails. There were many natural seedlings popping up as well, but you could see some that were intentionally planted in many areas that were maybe 1 meter or less in height for now and many times would be encircled by some protective mesh fencing.
  6. 12 points
  7. 12 points
    Kentiopsis oliviformis (20 years old) a nice palm suited even for temperate-warm climates, but little cultivated in the Mediterranean area. Some information on this species: https://www.monaconatureencyclopedia.com/kentiopsis-oliviformis/?lang=en
  8. 11 points
    My wife and I just returned from a short visit (too short) to Lord Howe Island. This was our first time visiting, after many years of wanting to go there. I must say it was probably the most peaceful place I have ever spent time at. The very small-town vibe, walking or riding bikes wherever you need to go, and friendly people make it a wonderful place to visit. Then the scenery and of course the palms just puts it over the top! I will include more information along with the pictures below. Hope you enjoy. All flights come in on Qantas airlines into the small airport with just a 1km runway which makes for exciting takeoffs and landings. The plane seats about 30 people. You are greeted when you step off the plane with Mt. Lidgbird on the left and Mt. Gower on the right. We actually arrived a day late to Lord Howe due to bad weather on the island and the airline not wanting to fly us out there in the weather. The day before we were supposed to depart the flight that day actually got all the way out to Lord Howe, but couldn't land due to a storm and had to return back to Sydney. So we were relieved to not have to go through that, but it did cut a day off of our trip which was already too short. Thankfully as you will see in the photos, we had excellent weather for our few days there so we were not affected at all once we actually arrived.
  9. 11 points
    We visited Everglades city last Monday . we took US 41 as recommended by so many of my fellow Palmtalkers and we had a great drive and Ill post more from that later . So we drove to Chokoloskee first as it would be the most southern Community on the Gulf coast . not too much interesting there palmwise all stuff you would expect, loads of Coconuts, Foxtails, Adonidia and older royals. I did see a few taller coconuts... here is the biggest one I saw. Me for scale on this one . also in the area was this Hybrid Phoenix palm Back to the main area I noticed lots of very tall Washingtonia . suprised there werent more victims to lightning as I only saw a couple bare washy trunks. Now for the rare stuff . We Passed a small house and after looking twice I noticed a bunch of very uncommon palms some of which I have never seen in person before. copernicia baileyana I believe another Copernica but not sure which ones as it has very silver blue fronds. Also a Copernica species? Copernicia alba in the back left . another baileyana . ID for the one on the left? ID for this one? and this one? Lots of spikes on the trunk . Unrelated but is this a Strangler fig? was massive but not as big as the Edison one . thanks for reading and hope you enjoy the photos! last one of a nice coconut
  10. 11 points
  11. 11 points
    Sunset that first night, looking out over Lagoon Beach.
  12. 11 points
    As you approach the top of the hill at about 200 m in elevation, you start to see around to the southern part of the island and get a great view of Mt. Lidgbird and Mt. Gower. More epic views: We only passed by maybe 3 other hikers during this hike. Just us and the birds up there!
  13. 10 points
    Saw these unique Nikau palms in Akaroa today. Interesting old-man-beard type skirts on them, that I've never seen before on Nikau, from all the old inflorescences, not fronds. Is this rare, or have y'all seen this on other palms?
  14. 10 points
    Today I started my semi-annual check-ups for the potted Chamaedorea tuerckheimii that live under deep canopy in my jungle. These rare little palms have a reputation for being difficult to grow and I can attest that an unhappy Cham tuerck soon becomes a dead one. I lost a medium sized plant earlier this year and still don't know why. What I have learned by trial and error is that these little guys want a minimum of attention and resent being treated a ego-enhancing eye candy. I keep mine under deep canopy outdoors esp. in summer as they resent FL swelter. I check on them every few weeks but bring them out in spring and fall for checkups, fertilization and treatments for insects and spider mites - they are spider mite magnets. The plants in the photos have been hosed off, topped off, fertilized and drenched with Merit. They await their miticide spray before returning to the jungle to rest before next summer. The largest two came from Dale Holton as 1g circa 2009. One of them is flowering (no chance of seeds as they are dioecious and their insect pollinator doesn't exist in the US). Two 1g came from Scott Cohen several years ago. The 5 smallest plants I germinated from seeds. I haven't found viable seeds for years. Chamaedorea tuerckheimii, Cape Coral, FL 2019
  15. 10 points
    This grouping of Licuala grandís was planted about 8 years ago and has reached a Goldilocks moment IMO . I like these best at this stage before they get too much trunk and they still hold a very full set of fronds.
  16. 9 points
    Saw this MASSIVE coconut. Think it was on here in a thread from 2010 or something. But its looking great. I'm 6ft 2 for scale.
  17. 9 points
    About halfway up (elevation speaking) we see our first Hedyscepe Canteburyanas!
  18. 8 points
    From May - October of this year they were doing a very extensive and thorough baiting / poisoning of the rats. So we got there on the tail end of that. We spoke with some of the people who were gathering the bait stations and they had 19,000 spread out over the island. Anywhere that didn't have the bait stations, they applied bait in other ways. I believe by hand on many of the trails and possibly even by helicopter. I did not see any rats during our few days there so hopefully the baiting is a success.
  19. 8 points
    Cloud forest! More Palms!
  20. 8 points
    About 100 meters before reaching the top, we start to see Lepidorrhachis mooreana!!!! You can really see the effects of the Cloud Forest with mosses growing all over and a much cooler temperature up there. Along with Lepidorrhachis mooreana, there are also many Hedyscepe Canterburyana up along the top of the mountain, I did not see either of the Howeas up there.
  21. 8 points
    About an hour and a half into the hike, we stop for a break along this creek. Thanks to the rain that cancelled our original flight in, it was flowing nicely. Our guide mentioned it was flowing more than she had seen in about a year. At this point in the hike we had gained about 180 m in elevation. This is about 4.5 km into the hike. From this point, we only had 1.8km remaining, however we would be gaining another 700 meters in elevation!
  22. 8 points
    We stayed at a very simple and comfortable place called Somerset Apartments. I would highly recommend it if you are planning a visit to Lord Howe. Here's the setting: Kentia covered pathways leading out to the road: Lord Howe is an old volcanic island (like Hawaii) so there are some really interesting rock formations throughout the island: More and more Kentias!
  23. 8 points
    I believe I have one of the largest and most bodacious Archonotophoenix cunninghamiana I have ever seen. It is several times larger than piccabeens planted nearby. It is 25-30' tall with a huge crown of leaves and a trunk over 1' diameter. It is now flowering. Earlier today we cut down all infructescenses from palms in the side and back yards. But not this one - yet. I know piccabeens tend to be common as dirt but few of them are as colossal as this one. So, I wonder: is anyone on PT interested in obtaining seeds of this palm when they ripen? If not, those infructescenses are toast. One call only. Seeding Archonotophoenix cunninghamiana, Cape Coral, FL 2019. Sandal size 8, hand ridiculously small
  24. 8 points
    Whatever mate, get a sense of humour and stop being so defensive. As a matter of fact I have posted some palm seeds to the bloke who started the other thread for him to experiment with. Enough said on the subject of what can and cannot grow in London, do whatever you like.
  25. 8 points
    10 headed to Queen in Clearwater. Certainly not remarkable, but fascinating.