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Another forum member requested a post of "little treasures" he saw in the background in a picture I posted and I am happy to oblige but these are not all palms though so I hope our modulator and co-moderator (who I hope is still on a palm high from the biennial) won't mind a few stuff mixed.

So here we go Gileno-this threads for you.

Lets start with...

...a palm. A Variegated Vietchii . This needs to be kept under a net because the variegated parts get burned too easily. A fast grower I think. Its already starting to form a trunk. teh variegation is yellow and a lighter shade of green so I guess it has a lot of chlorophyll in its system to make food-- hence the speed.

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Gbarce

Here's one of those aspleniums that piqued your interest. This one is a "female" ruffled asplenium which refers to the width of the leaves.

Juat a backgrounder-- locally when people refer to the regular flat leaf birds nest fern what people refer to as "males" have thinner and longer leaves and pointy tips-- no scientific basis just local terminologies. These may actually be 2 different species. The "ruffling" feature/gene (I think) occurs on both types. These may actually be new species that have yet to be documented and named-- but the local hobby discovered them first.

Other features of this fern he tips are rounded. The color is also light green. The the base of the leaves opening up from the crown is very open,

I am just jotting down features as a basis for comparison for later varieties in this thread

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Gbarce

Closer look at the leaves.

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Here's a new leaf forming. Notice also that the base of the leaves kind of form wide bowl.

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Gbarce

Here's a Siphokentia ( or has it been lumped in with Hydrstelle now) Benguinii. Its pushing up a new leaf.

This new one looks to be and entire/simple leaf with no divisions. Usually there is a large terminal leaflet - don't see it on this one.

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Gbarce

Licuala Mapu-- this baby is growing well for me and not giving me any problems. Opening up a new leaf too. One of my favorites.

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PatientPalms

I don't know about those first couple pics (are you trying to grow a salad? :P ) but those palms sure are lovely! Gene, we are waiting for more pics!

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Rusty on Pine Is.

Great pics...more, more..........really like the Licuala Mapu, pretty palm.

Rusty

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Gbarce

I'm back just had to do some stuff. Now where were we.

A Hydrestelle Affinis (not H. Cariosa as I previously thought). This apparently is a clustering palm which is goos because its hard to find here and I just cant get enough of this one. Pretty cool simple and bifid leaves.

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Gbarce

More of the salad stuff :mrlooney:

Gileno- this Asplenium is about 4 to 5 feet across - not ruffled but still a departure from the usual birds nest fern. the petioles are thick and rigid and the leaves are paddle shaped but pointed at the tips. the side of teh leaves are I guess the term is scalloped and a bit wavy

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Gbarce

I got intersted in plants when I took over the revovation of this house some 10 years ago and I really really really wish that I had gotten the palm bug then so that I would have had a great canopy from all the fronds of palms towering over head.

that's why everything is under the shade house now because there is just too much sun exposure in the actual garden--- the sun here during the summer is brutal.

Some Philodendron with yellow new leaves

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Gbarce

Licuala Orbicularises- locally obtained. Nope Gileno none of these was the one that you ordered that was sent to me by mistake. That one died unfortunately. I guess licualas don't travel very well.

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Gbarce

More of the salad plants :lol: .

This is a really freaky asplenium. Very wildly forked-- I've used the term mutant and I think it fits particularly well for this one.

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Gbarce

Here is a close up of a mutant frond

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Areca Ipots that I recenlt bought. These were balled out but I think that they don't transplant very well or were balled out improperly.

The first ones I bought lost a lot of leaves pretty fast and the really nice bright seeds turned brown too rapidly I think so their viability is in doubt. You can see some of those seeds in teh palm at the back.

I read that they are water lovers so I placed the rootballs of the first ones in plastic containers with water and I think that helped.

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Gbarce

Here's more salad.

This is a Polypodium I think -- basically has a rizome that runs all over the place with upright leaves sprouting from it. It has nicely filled its pot,

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Gbarce

The leaves remind me of the fingers of characters of Dr. Seuss books

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Gbarce

Joey Altifrons. This is my largest one. The leaves are probably 3 feet long each. Can't wait till they are giant size!!!

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My other Joeys. The one in front is Magnifica. I cant tell what the other ones are.

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A big bowl of Agleonemas - these are called "Red Gem" the leaves look like a slice of watermelon and very rounded in shape.

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Gbarce

Calyptrocalyx--I forgot teh exact species though. Mikey already wrote me aht it was---dang can't remember.

One unique feature that Mikey pointed out is that the leaf texture has a very matted finish to it. Th leaf color is kind of unusual too - its a light creamy green. :drool:

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Gbarce

Obviously teh few fronds open red. This is just a day old and the green is already creeping in. I wonder which palm keeps the red color of its new fronds the longest -- a topic for another thread :)

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Mike4284m
Licuala Orbicularises- locally obtained. Nope Gileno none of these was the one that you ordered that was sent to me by mistake. That one died unfortunately. I guess licualas don't travel very well.

Nice L. orbs! That one in the back is probably one of the largest I've seen. Any idea of how old it is?

I also see in one of the lower photos you've got some guinea hens slaving away in your yard. They doing a good job with insect control?

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Gbarce

Mike424- i am sure they eat their fare share of insects and pests but they can be pests themselves when they scratch up newly potted seedlings :rage: I notice that they particularly attack new fronds of cycads :rage::rage::rage::rage::rage::rage::rage::rage:

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Gbarce

A variegated Rhapis. I am sure there is a name for this one but I can't remember what its. i put it in a really shady spot because it is summer but I think it affected the variehation. It kind of looks faded now.

Since its the start of the rainy season I should be able to put it in a sunnier spot

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Gbarce

Gileno- This is my largest ruffled asplenium. Each leaf is about 3 feet long.

I should really be in these pictures to give it some scale :hmm:

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Gbarce

The leaves of these shoot out straight from the crown. V-shaped in cross section and the ruffling is very -- I guess the closest word is 'tight'????

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Close up of a leaf

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side view of a leaf

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Gbarce

Pelagodoxa Henryana seedling. I will plant this in the ground soon.

After a year getting hooked on palms I should really graduate from container ranching already --ahemm---ahemm

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Gbarce

I had a large Pelagodoxa that produced a yellow leaf and had crown rot.

I gave it the Hydrogen Peroxide treatment and set it aside.

Luckily I still have this first one taht is really growing well (fingers crossed-- i hope that I didn't jinx it)

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Gbarce

Anthurium Faustinomirandae - this is going to be a giant. I saw a specimen of this in Fairchild Botanical and its suppose to get even bigger than the ones I saw there. the leaves are really stiff and leathery.

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Gbarce

Licuala Spinosa- I just planted one of these on the ground over the weekend-- somebody congratulate me!

well I'm beat-- to be continued tomorrow.

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Kris

Dear Gene :)

lovely collection of plants and my favouriate one happens to be the one,william called salads.

thanks & love,

Kris :)

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Walter John

I'm curious Gene, exactly how much land/area have you got to plant out these beauties ?. Love the Pelagodoxa pic with the orbi to the right.

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Gbarce

Wal - I think the answer of all palm enthusiasts is --NOT ENOUGH.

The lot is a little less than a hectare but house is smack in the center of the property so the "plantable" areas are divided into several sections. We are in the middle of the city so there is no chance to expand. Well -- there is an empty lot beside ours but the land prices here are pretty steep already.

This area on this thread is just a small "U"-shaped area between our kitchen, dining room and bedrooms in the second floor. I just strung thick wire on the window grills and draped the netting on top. Not the neatest set up and a bit messy actually but everything underneath grows great which is a good so that no one pays any attention to the ugly netting hanging above.

The front yard is the biggest and is where I intend to plant the large growing palms that I am buying now but are just in the seedling stages.

I have a lot of understory plants as you can see on this thread but ordinary trees are usually much too shady for these to grow well. Palms if planted correctly I think will be a lot more open and airy yet allow enough filtered light to reach the undergrowth to allow plants like these to grow better. I really wish I started on palms waaaaaaaayyyyy back.

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ariscott

A hectare in Manila!!!! Wow.... you are lucky. My best friend at work is from Sebu and he has the same sense of humour as yours :) :).

Anyway, from the look of it, your climate is very similar to ours, just in reverse. We have started planting all our shade palms in temporary shade houses - which can be removed in the future. So, hopefully they will grow as the canopy grows. We couldn't wait any longer as some of them started growing in the ground and my shadehouse was overflowing. Remember, that trees still give the best shade - not palms.

Regards, Ari :)

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Gbarce

Ari- where have you been hiding lately? Lucky is right.

I use "manila" very loosely but we are actually in San Juan which is right next to the "actual city of Manila". 17 cities have been grouped together and called "Metro Manila" and the actual "City of Manila" is just one of these 17 cities ( and so is San Juan where I am).

My great grandfather bought the land and built the house here back in the 1920's and and the only settlements were in the actual "city of Manila" about 20 Kilometers away. I saw old pictures of the house and it was all grasslands as far as the eye can see. This was actually a summerhouse. Through the decades the urbanization and development crept up to this area and beyond.

I feel really fortunate that the older generation kept the house and the property intact. Its a grand old house and I want the gardens to be just as grand. I have a strong feeling of responsibility to keep the house and lot intact and actually improve it. I really enjoy this sanctuary in the middle of the maddening city.

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Gbarce

Anyway on with the show.

Arenga Hookerii-- this is the same plant I posted before that had the scale problem. Problem solved and he is growing back with a vengeance!!

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Gbarce

He is still kind of short but the leaves are getting huge!! here is my hand for scale.

Later dudes - dinner time!

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