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MattyB

Hmmmm silver undersides flowering when small fiber......

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sarasota alex

Maybe it sounds crazy, but here's my guess - Cocos nucifera

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virtualpalm

Nope. Sorry, Alex.

Jody

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MattyB

Jubeopsis caffra?

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virtualpalm

Nope. Sorry, Matt.

Jody

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MattyB

Syagrus glaucescens?

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sarasota alex

Allagoptera campestris?

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virtualpalm

You're close, Alex.

Jody

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sarasota alex

Is it also an A. arenaria?

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virtualpalm

Yes, it is, Alex. Good job!

Sorry, guys... I couldn't help it! I got two good photos from the same plant and thought I'd post one right after the other to see if anyone would catch it. I am finding it fascinating to see the parts of various palms closeup as I ride around the nursery.

In case any of you are wondering, this next one is NOT A. arenaria:

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Jody

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MattyB

wow, cool fricken picture! :drool: Areca guppyana?

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MattyB

I'm throwing one into the mix.

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Ken Johnson

Dang boff dem hard for me.

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Mandrew968

Jody, is that a coconut???

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virtualpalm

wow, cool fricken picture! :drool:

Thanks, Matt.

Areca guppyana?

Nope. Sorry.

Jody, is that a coconut???

Nope. Sorry.

Jody

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Mandrew968

Matty, give us a local--your last post of a hawaiian palm has opened it up to anything... If this is in Cali, then that will help with the guessing.

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Mandrew968

Jody, Pelagodoxa???

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sarasota alex

Jody, Phoenicophorium borsigianum?

Matty, Chambeyronia lepidota?

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MattyB

My pic was taken in California.

Alex, not Chambeyronia lepidota, but you're right on target for the area in which it grows. My pic does show some characteristics of the species, it's not just some close-up.

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sarasota alex

Basselinia glabrata?

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virtualpalm

No on Pelagodoxa and Phoenicophorium.

Jody

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Ken Johnson

Ok Matt your rules.

The photo was taken at night.

There is leaf litter around it.

There are about 3 leaves.

The leaf stems are fat in a funny way.

There is moteling on the stems.

Does it smell interesting? (just a joke?)

Hmm. Pacicic, cold hardy, shade needed, what else.

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MattyB

Basselinia glabrata?

Nope. Try another genus.

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MattyB

Ok Matt your rules.

The photo was taken at night.

There is leaf litter around it.

There are about 3 leaves.

The leaf stems are fat in a funny way.

There is moteling on the stems.

Does it smell interesting? (just a joke?)

Hmm. Pacicic, cold hardy, shade needed, what else.

Dear Detective Johnson,

Photo was taken under heavy Avocado and Macadamia Nut canopy.

You're right, it needs protection from sun.

The 3 leaves are an indication of slow growing/not a huge, robust palm.

The leaf stems are indeed fat and have that distictive round look, that's the clue that I recognize this species with.

Not sure if the moteling is always seen. This species is not seen that often.

I actually found another picture of the same palm. At risk of giving it away, I'll post them both together.

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chakoro

Kentiopsis pyroformis?

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MattyB

Kentiopsis pyroformis?

Good guess, similar petioles, similar look when young, but not correct. You guys are in New Caledonia so you're on the right track.

Another clue: the leaves always seemed very thick and leathery to me, even when only a small palm.

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MattyB

I'm gonna throw a guess out for Jody's: verschaffeltia splendida

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Ken Johnson

not many N/C palms in any case. I sure love the way a few have performed here.

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chakoro

OK leathery when small? Maybe Cyphophoenix elegans?

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MattyB

Nope, not C. elegans either.

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chakoro

Jodi,A juvenile leaf of Neoviechia storkii?

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chakoro

Actinokentia divaricata?

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MattyB

Actinokentia divaricata?

YES!!!!!!! That's it! Good one! :D Actinokentia divaricata!

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chakoro

I think the neighbours must think i`m going crazy i was running in and out of the house checking my NC palms against your photo Matty,but hey what a great way to increase your palm knowledge :D Dont ya just love these palm guessing threads?Thanks guys regards Craig.

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sarasota alex

I always thought Actinokentias have purplish petioles.

Jody, Salacca magnifica?

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virtualpalm

I'm gonna throw a guess out for Jody's: verschaffeltia splendida

Good job, Matt! You got it. It was a new leaf with the sun shinging through it. Here is the whole plant:

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Jody

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virtualpalm

Are we ready for the next installment?

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Jody

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Ken Johnson

Are we ready for the next installment?

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Jody

Trithrinax

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Ken Johnson

or rhapidiphylum (spelling?)

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