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Paid another visit to a local nursery , Heinz was riding around on his mower , so I went to get a pic of his large Areca latiloba . AS I shifted to get the best light , a wopping great big Cassowary came walking by to feast on the fallen Star Fruit , Averrhoa carambola

They are regular visitors and often eat much of the palm seed set on his property .

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Bit of a close up .. must be wary of these birds , they can kill  :o

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Walter John

great on the spot shot Michael, what a bird !

and the pic of Areca latiloba ?

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aussiearoids

Here is a lovely Calyptrocalyx micholitzii , the picture on PACSOA does not do it justice . Says it only grows to 60 cm , well the one that is over 1m at Mikeys makes a mockery of that statement . Very attractive mottling and red flush to new leaves , have a pic of that somewhere .

But here is Heinz's . I was lucky to get 1 seed from this plant .. there are 2 there , slight difference . Mikey tells me there are distinct cultivars from different locations .

One very attractive Palm.  :P

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Its coming Wal .. took megapixel pics so gotta resize them , but I just happened to have just what you want handy .. PS got a tray of nice seedlings also .

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Really getting to like some of the Areca spp. , recently got what I think might be A.concinna . Also got a very large A.guppyana from Heinz , but he had no smaller ones . I am trying to learn the difference between it and A.latiloba . Much less stilting on the roots, smaller seeds, and the gaps between the leaflets is much smaller and more compact crown . Seedlings up to 1m ++ in large 20cm pots are nearly indistinguishable .

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Now just to make everyones day , another Dypsis queery  :;):   There are 2 large palms here that Heinz got from Richie ages ago ... 15 + years at least ..

D.tsaratananensis  ??

Well I am no expert , I thought they looked like a Stumpy  :o

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And another close up of the leaf , sorry it is getting a bit late ... much more to come folks .. as I said 57 varieties .... now for my beauty sleep  :cool:

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Central Floridave

This is going to be a good one!  

Sipping coffee this early saturday morning and enjoying the shots.   I'll tune in next weekend for the rest. thanks!

Is that bird edible?  :P

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Different looking Anthurium crystallinum .

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Lost tags and an old memory play havoc when trying to ID plants , this does not look like  'walking stick' Palm to me .. maybe a Rhapis

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Nice Licuala , will have to go back and check , one name I remember is ' romberg '

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Heinz likes his Licualas

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He can not tremember the name of this one either .

I thought it might be a young radula , due to the slight mottling .

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Tad

are cassowarys edible?

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aussiearoids

Dave , Cassowary might be very tasty as they eat mainly rainforest seeds and fruits . BUT they are so endangered , the greenies would hang you high by the privates if you even suggested eating one .

Lots do get run over on the road into town .

Supposed to be an 80 kph speed limit , but I am often overtaken as I drive to work at that limit.

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BS Man about Palms

That Dypsis looks like Dypsis sp "white".  Hows that for exciting?

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paulgila

cool pix michael.we have a "mission beach" here in san diego,too---i thought at first glance of the thread title thats where u were :D

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So many unusual palms growing there , really liked the look of this one , no idea of what it is ..

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ariscott

I bet you had fun!! What else did you get? I am learning heaps about palms too... I know I should've stopped at trees...  :P . Can't wait to see your place.. I bet it is completely different now.

That anthurium is simply stunning!!

Regards, Ari :)

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Love stilt roots , and got a nice large pot from Heinz, of Areca guppyana  .

Here is an infloresence on a mature plant

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Different Licuala

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Ari , yes its a special form of Anth. crystallinum , but that was a new leaf , heres a normal looking one .

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Walter John

Love those Licualas, why do the yanks want to eat cassowarys for goodness sakes ?

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aussiearoids

Wal , I could make some snide comment about turkeys but the post might get yanked ...

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bubba

Michael,What kind of Birdie is that Dude in Post Two?It is beautiful but it does look like it could have a nasty side.

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BS Man about Palms

Bubba's not one of us yanks, really......  (post first, read later)  :):P lol

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Bubba , the Cassowary is a sensitive new age guy sort of bird .. he looks after the kids while the missus relaxes in her cool rainforest hideaway . He can charge through thickets of Calamus that would stop a bulldozer , he can rip open your stomach with his enormous toenail . And man o man watch out for his enormous piles of droppings ,, phewwhe ...

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Tyrone

Great pics Michael. And a Cassowary. How rare are they!

When we were in the forest around Mission Beach last year there were lots of fresh Cassowary droppings and rustlings in the bushes but we couldn't see any. I'd say they were watching us. Kind of unnerving. It spooked my wife out a bit.

I wonder if there are any Areca seeds in those droppings there you've pictured?  :laugh:

regards

Tyrone

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No chance there Tyrone , that pic was taken 2 years ago up in the Daintree .. I see on average one Cassowary a week . Have even had them right in my front yard after the cyclone .. lots have died and feelings are they will be extinct in this area very soon .

Some want to take remaining ones up to the Daintree area as larger protected National Parks could support more .

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Walter John

(aussiearoids @ Mar. 17 2008,08:14)

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Bubba , the Cassowary is a sensitive new age guy sort of bird .. he looks after the kids while the missus relaxes in her cool rainforest hideaway . He can charge through thickets of Calamus that would stop a bulldozer , he can rip open your stomach with his enormous toenail . And man o man watch out for his enormous piles of droppings ,, phewwhe ...

Mmm, blue quondong by the looks of that pile of crap.

There's more than just a passing prehistoric resemblance with Cassowarys and Velocaraptors me thinks.

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calyptrocalyx&licuala freck

(palmotrafficante @ Mar. 15 2008,16:41)

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are cassowarys edible?

:) The only one Big bird we can eat over here is the Emu

And they make a tasty Stew for sure,

If you kill a Cassowary be ready to get locked up,

or spend a lot of money in fines. Great thread Michael.

keep the Pictures coming I'm off to eat (No not a Big Bird) :laugh:

Cheers Mikey.... :)

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Kim

Love those Licuala!  Amazing bird, does remind me of a dinosaur!

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rthink

That C. micholitzii looks really healthy!! I wish mine looks like it. To me, post #11 is Chuniophoenix nana, #14 could be L. mattanensis and #22 must be L.distans

:)

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calyptrocalyx&licuala freck

(rthink @ Mar. 18 2008,02:48)

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That C. micholitzii looks really healthy!! I wish mine looks like it. To me, post #11 is Chuniophoenix nana, #14 could be L. mattanensis and #22 must be L.distans

:)

:) Hi Chalmerchart ,

how's things dude your on the Ball man, Post  11 is actually C.humilis,.

I know that the two have been lumped as one, shame because

there very different in size, (If the rain stops)for long enough

I'll get a picture of C. nana  My plant is 15yrs, in 3mths.

And that Licuala is L.distans one Licuala I love.

No 14 is a young L.radula for sure theres 3 mottled

Licualas (mapu, radula, and L. Bedang Ali (Super super Rare I'm lucky to have just one and thats only a 4" s/saver at (thats still  a 'sp' nova)

7years old (2 forms of that one, a mottled and not mottled the latter is not easy to get at all)

On ya Dude. Take care, and talk to you later.

Best wishes Mikey.

Hey Michael More Pictures dude Love the thread,

hey dude see we got a Farm in the States Now  :laugh:  :laugh:  :laugh:

Talk to you tomorrow. (nite to all)

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ariscott

Can you post photo of the L. Bedang Ali, Mikey??

Regards, Ari :)

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aussiearoids

Here is the man himself , Heinz Kraski . He has been running this nursery for many years and has buildings all over the place , and quite the selection of palms , and the odd cycad or 2 as well . Here we are walking towards his house , well hidden behind all these plants .

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Nice big clump of Arenga hookeri , has suffered a bit as the trees shading it have been destroyed by recent cyclones . Heinz has had a beach umbrella for the summer sun .

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This Licuala is large , a bit over my head . I think it is an entire leaf ramsayii .

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A few mapus in the collection .

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