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  1. 27 points
    With good friends Carlos and Gaby I had the good fortune to visit and hike around Parque Nacional La Campana earlier today. Thousands of Jubaea chilensis in habitat - an absolutely unforgettable experience! Here are a few of the many photos I took. Parque Nacional La Campana is a bit inland from Valparaiso and not far from Santiago.
  2. 24 points
    Hello everyone, every time when I am going to our local botanical garden I enjoy taking a long look at our super tall Satakentia liukiuensis. Sometimes I check the ground for seeds but since the timing of picking them up is very important to get them sprouted - which I missed always so far - I usually do it more just for fun... But this time was different. Approaching the palms I took my time to scan the area intensively... Nothing stands out at the first glance... ...but then it hit me. Can you see it? ..and more! Oh my god! All those little guys! Asking myself, what is going to happen to them...? (Remember, I mentioned once that Satakentias are NEVER sold in our nurseries...) I looked up and saw on old friend of mine who is working there for many years. I approached him and after some small talk - he knows that I am into palms - I told him about these Satakentias and the countless young sprouts... He just looked at me and said: "Take them, pull them out, take them all - they`re all yours! Because we maw them over if you don`t take them. We don`t need them. So feel free, go ahead anytime you like, this time, next time, whenever!" Well, expecting somehow to be probably allowed to pull one of them out as a kind of friendly gesture among palm enthusiasts - I was speechless. It took a moment to proceed what was just said, I looked at him: "Are you sure?!" - "Yes, 100%! Go ahead!" Wow, I got to admit - that was intense! I thanked him cordially while still not being sure about what just happened and moved back to my car to grab a small garden tool. It was not my intention to get this kind of approval, I was more feeling sorry for these little seedlings, wondering what will happen to them since they never show up as plants to be sold or as plantings in the botanical garden... Back to the spot I dealt with them is careful as possible... ...and back home I went immediately to work. Here there are - Happy growing, little babies! If they grow up successfully I am going to donate them to other parks/gardens or since Okinawa/Ryukyu is their home/habitat I am going to plant them out at a safe spot somewhere on this island to let them grow naturally - maybe they will get as tall as their parent plants which would be great and a thousand times better than to be mawed over. So, from now on I got a new mission - after making sure my "approval" is still valid after entering the botanical garden the next time - I am going to keep an eye on those beautiful Satakentias to make sure that their "kids" will get at least a fair chance! Thank you for your time - best regards from Okinawa Lars
  3. 20 points
    Went out to Fakahatchee State Park for my latest drone video. Got some great videos of alligators, sabal palms, and some absolutely huge royal palms growing in habitat, tallest ones I’ve ever seen.
  4. 14 points
    My backyard jungle. Forgive all the fronds on the ground, been very rainy and windy so I’m loaded up waiting for it to be dry enough for a burn. So much more to my yard but here is a taste.
  5. 14 points
    Hello everyone, after many many days with rain, the sun broke finally through the clouds and I took may chance to take some photos I would like to share herewith - if you are interested in an Okinawian winter update, please be kindly invited and follow me... One of my two A. merrillii, fruiting for the first time. (bought many years ago as a tiny seedling - btw. a very common palm over here ) I am going to leave the fallen seeds where there are, let`s see what happens. Here a still a potted golden c. nucifera, I think I am going to plant it out this year.(grown from a local coconut) Taking its time to show some growing process - c. fallaensis, but it is ok for me. Probably the first of its species in Okinawa at all, it will get all the time it needs.(from seed) Sailing through its fourth winter - C. samoense. It gets some sparks during the colder days, but it will do fine.(from seed) Turns more and more into a real beauty - P. rupicola.(from seed) Growing steadily - B. alfredii.(from seed) From one of my earliest seed orders - my beloved V. joannis. (The smaller four ones behind are D. lutescens, on the left two W. robusta.) From my very first seed order in Dec.2012, the first sprout of the batch after more than one year, potted and almost forgotten, put in the ground a couple of months ago - J. chilensis. It did not get significantly taller (one of the very few plants I could purchase at our local depot) but it definitely got bigger - I hope for the best - H. forsteriana. Slower than a glacier but definitely in a growing process (and now hopefully speeding up) - C. ponapense.(from seed) Already a stunner at its young age - C. harlandii. (from seed) Took a big step this year - B. nickobarica. (from seed) Showing enormous growth during the last year - Dictyosperma album var. aureum. (from seed) Put in the ground last spring and does really well so far - my Indian c. nucifera. (purchased as a dehusked coconut from an Indian supermarket in Tokyo which imports its vegetables/fruits directly from India) Not a real favorite of mine but it is always looking beautiful - H. lagenicaulis. I bought it as an already trunking plant that was still potted in a few inches deep bowl - almost like a bonsai - I had to set it free... ..and it is pushing spear after spear all through the year. Gaining size, slowly but steadily - C. mitis. (Purchased from our depot. Since I am a regular over there, I can tell, a one-time-offer in ten years...) Looks like it would never like to live somewhere else - D. decaryi. (Home depot purchase - same as above - a one-time-offer, I was glad to be there at the right time to grab the only two plants that were offered ) A little jungle like - front left, an aggressively growing P. sylvestris, to the right and back ground center left, Alexander palms... (all from seed) Sticking out, a stunningly beautiful frond from a V. joannis. Here a palm, I simply lost track - among banana plants and others - it grows extremely well, but as mentioned, I have no clue...(from seed) Getting bigger and bigger, E. guineensis. (from seed)... ..and finally, I proudly present - ...the probably first, successfully growing coconut on one of my c. nucifera. Al right, the sun is going down - Thank you very much for your time - as always I have probably forgotten at least two or three plants - however, I hope you enjoyed the little tour - I`ll keep you updated - best regards from Okinawa Lars
  6. 11 points
  7. 11 points
    Nice shot. I took mine with a 400mm lens
  8. 10 points
    I recently met with the head of operations at the Chaffee Zoo in Fresno about expanding the palm collection at the zoo. The zoo itself, and Roeding Park where it is located, have a very nice collection of palms already, but they are very open to allowing me to help plan new exhibits and incorporate palms. I'll be meeting with them again soon to hash out more details, but needless to say, i'm beyond thrilled. Their rainforest exhibit has such a favorable microclimate that they have fruiting bananas that are untouched by cold or wind. The director said that they help regulate temperatures in there to protect the birds from cold - with heat lamps in winter and constant misting in summer. This would be perfect place to plant marginal species that prefer some humidity. This is a list of palms I'll be donating and helping to site and plant. Dypsis leptocheilos x2 Hyphanae coriacae Parajubaea cocoides - donated by Darold of San Francisco Beccariophoenix alfredii - donated by Jeff in Modesto Livistona speciosa Jubaea Chilensis - Donated by Xiong in Fresno Syagrus coronata Phoenix rupicola - donated by Darold in San Francisco Caryota urena Some of these have been donated by IPS members on this forum. If anyone has plants they'd like to donate send me a PM and we could figure out a way to get them to Fresno. i'm the meantime, here are a few pictures I took during a walking tour. I'll hope to take more and post them soon. The entrance has a large clump Strelitzia. It's one of the most used plants throughout their landscaping.
  9. 10 points
    Licuala ramsayi & Dale Holton in habitat (well, Dale’s habitat)
  10. 9 points
  11. 9 points
    In spite of the cooler weather we have experienced over the last month or so here in central Florida one of my C Hospita has sent out several inflorescences. This variety as well as C Macroglossa seems to be the best varieties for me .
  12. 9 points
    It seems doubtful anything is real in that picture...
  13. 9 points
  14. 8 points
    1: Archontophoenix alexandrae 2. Chambeyronia hookeri 3. Dypsis decaryi (left) Adonidia (right) 4. Red Spicata Dwarf coconut, Veitchia (back left), Carpoxylon (back right) 5. 2 Carpoxylon 6. Row of Wodyetia bifurcata 7. Roystonea regia (volunteer) 8. Archontophoenix purpurea 9. Ptychosperma elegans 10. Syagrus romanzoffiana specimen 11. Archontophoenix inflorescence 12. Some of my seedings, a lot of cool stuff in there 13. Veitchia unknown
  15. 8 points
    First year that the tree produced viable fruit in my yard. Super common palm but this far north it's an accomplishment
  16. 8 points
    Thanks for looking at my winter garden on a rare sunny day, Have a good winter and hopefully an early spring!
  17. 8 points
    Here's some before & after pics of my Dypsis madagascariensis 'mahajanga' which has turned out to be quite a quick grower. 14th April 2015 6th April 2017 25th January 2019
  18. 8 points
    Roeding park has some very, very old washingtonia and phoenix. There are several brahea (edulis and armata), sabal and butia here also but I didn't get pictures of them. These trees are all over 100 years old. Inside the zoo, you're greeted by a row of majestic Phoenix canariensis. This lawn area beneath the phoenix will be home to a new palm garden. This other area is under construction and will hopefully also includes more palms. This phoenix and brahea are inside one of the exhibits. My personal favorite part was this! One of two Jubaea chilensis in Fresno. There are brahea armata here also on the left, a very, very old sabal palmetto, livistona decora and syagrus romanzoffiana.
  19. 8 points
    Hello everyone, as promised I would like to make a short update of my previous thread - http://www.palmtalk.org/forum/index.php?/topic/55027-final-update-of-can-cocos-nucifera-grow-naturally-on-miyako-south-japan/&tab=comments#comment-825601 where I finally found a remote jungle like spot with naturally growing cocos nucifera somewhere deep in our botanical garden. Be kindly invited to check out this spot with me after my first visit in November 2017... Here in 2017 when I detected the coconut palm in a remote corner of Miyako`s botanical garden,... ...with some very young sprouted ones at the bottom of the mother tree. (I allowed myself to clean the spot a bit from debris, fallen leaves and sling plants before leaving the area while promising to look after it from time to time.) ... Now, in January 2019: Closing in again... The mother tree, still there... The view blocking almost hidden "entrance".. ...stepping inside the boscage... ...looking up, new fruits are already well developed - then taking a deep breath and allowing myself to scan intensively the closer area... Oh yes, ...looking good! Promising looking young cocos nucifera... ...all around. ...and plenty of naturally fallen coconuts everywhere. After all I counted seven young healthy looking and promising plants - giving me hope that they will do well until my next visit. ... Thank you for your time - I will keep you updated, best regards from Miyako island, Okinawa Lars
  20. 7 points
    I recently acquired 16 new additions to my palm collection. I now have 60 species in my garden. Some are experimental. Hopefully they will adapt to my 9b dry climate. I’m currently busy installing irrigation which will make watering easier. Here is a list of my new palms: chamaedorea elegans, tepejelote, cataractarum & seifrizii jubaeopsis caffra caryota maxima & mitis Syagrus botryophora Arenga engleri * Lytocaryum insigne Howea forsteriana Coccothrinax sp ? Hyphaene coriacea Dypsis decaryi Raphis excelsa * Wodyetia bifurcata * * Already present in my collection
  21. 7 points
    I'm starting to think these coconuts may make it to maturity especially if the long range forecast holds. Z9b Orlando.
  22. 7 points
    Double header?.. Saguaros near Saguaros far ( look closely to picture #2 to see just how far) Saguaros all over the place.. ..And then there were Elephants, with Golden skin.. Here at South Mountain, Bursera Microphylla, also called "Elephant Tree" reaches it's north-easterly limit locally. While the sub-species or form that occur here has been studied well, there aren't all that many tagged w/ picture observations posted both on SeiNet and Inaturalist so, if one were to research just how big the potential population is here, one might get the assumption that the specie's occurrence was scattered..or isolated in a few spots. While you won't encounter it everywhere in the park, there were plenty to find along the trail, more than i'd thought. While most were on the smaller side, there were a couple i encountered that exceeded at least 9ft in height, also saw at least one younger specimen, hinting that there is some degree of on-going recruitment in this population, a good sign. Unlike the trip to another part of the park back in 2016, specimens here are much easier to observe up-close (Almost slid down the side of a mountain last time, trying to get closer to specimens there) Nice to finally be able to get closer acquainted with this species.. and note differences between it and two other forms of the species i have at the house.. Great Caudiciform tree for a desert or dry tropical- themed garden.. Various specimens along the trail Some minor foliage /trunk detail ..And about that rare Blazing Star. Not all that commonly seen in the park. First time i have seen it here in AZ, this was another nice treat for the day. Sand Blazing Star, Mentzelia involucrata, hanging out with an Elephant. Come for the plants, hang out for awhile and enjoy some Sonoran Desert views..
  23. 7 points
    Next up.. the Cacti.. It goes without saying that you don't have to travel far to see plants that say "Desert" without speaking.. and of course, Arizona could be considered Cactus center of the Southwest.. Here in the Park, you'll find several species though i wish AZ. Rainbows ( Echinocereus rigidissimus) were common here as well.. anyway,, Lots of Hedgehogs to be found.. Species is either Echinocereus engelmannii or stamineus. Both are often called "Straw Pile Cactus" and, though i have seen both separately in gardens, i still have a hard time telling them apart. Fruit of both, esp. E. stamineus are edible.. Flesh is sweet and taste like Strawberry. Hedgehogs with a great view... Barrel Cactus ( Ferocactus sp.), another Genus i have a hard time telling apart in the field.. All over the place, and every size you could want.. Nicely spined single specimens Different angles of rarer 5 clustered specimen Another big 'n tall Barrel, trying to compete w/ a young Saguaro. ( Don't tell it it won't win the "Tallest Cactus" race..) Cholla 'Galore.. Just don't try 'n give em a hug.. Not sure on ID of the not a Teddy Bear.. Ouch! Cholla, 'n Barrels together, forever.. Opuntia, something.. up top. Graham's Nipple Cactus, Mammillaria grahamii. While fairly common, these stay small, are usually hiding under Cresote Bush, Palo Verde, or Ironwood and are harder to spot. Expected some, encountered many.. many with fruit, which is edible, though you're gonna have to collect a lot of it to really enjoy it.. Have to say, of the different forms i have seen in gardens and nurseries, this Black-spined form is quite attractive.. Dare i say sexy.. Nipple cactus Porn, anyone?.. Singles.. Nice, offsetting cluster. Saguaro-ey views and Elephants, ahead..
  24. 7 points
    Taken from iPhone through telescope.
  25. 7 points
    Calyptrocalyx albert. in front of my kitchen window today. Watermelon and Verschafeltia trunks getting in the way and, Dypsis bentjii in pot in middle shot. aloha