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When: Thursday June 14th, 2012 at 12 noon

Where: Floribunda palm nursery in Hawaiian Acres, Big Island of Hawaii

Objective: Buy palms (no surprise there! :mrlooney: )

Kim and I arrived a few minutes after 12 noon and were greeted by Jeff and Suchin. Jeff asked "do you want to go for a garden tour first and then buy palms? Or just buy the palms? I have the afternoon available." Hmmm...that decision didn't take long to make! :) I have been to Floribunda many times over the past 17 years, but I never tire of looking at the palms - in the ground and in the nursery. Always something new and simply seeing the growth of many of these palms is amazing in itself. Right away we stumbled over a couple of Dypsis marojejyi! :) A/k/a "Mad fox".

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Close by was this Hydriastele montanum.

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And across the driveway a great looking little Dypsis lanceolata grouping.

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And nearby we found a Maurita flexuosa with its intriguing inflorescence.

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And this cute little Physokentia thurstonii.

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And a grouping of Dypsis saintelucei. The larger one had just lost an old frond and the color of the newly exposed crownshaft is simply stunning.

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bgl

Bentinckia condapanna is another beautiful palm. And fast growing! :)

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bgl

I am guessing this is probably the largest Lemurophoenix halleuxii in the country. I think Kim wanted to take this one home! :rolleyes:

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bgl

Beccariophoenix sp. windows (and apparently soon to be described and properly named).

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bgl

And a new genus: Lanonia dasyantha (previously in the Licuala family).

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bgl

The largest Cyphosperma balansae I have ever seen! :)

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And here's the largest Dypsis marojejyi, with a happy Suchin for scale in the second photo. :) (Actually, she is always happy! :) )

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Jeff and Suchin with a cute little Licuala sallehana (and it WILL get much more impressive - "google" for photos of this palm in habitat with Jeff for scale - impressive!) Oh, and let's not forget very friendly Nomtan (=Sugar"), resting next to Jeff in this photo.

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And a pair of Areca catechu 'yellow betelnut'.

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And a general view of a very small portion of the nursery area. Taking a break here, but there will be more photos added to this thread. At some point... :rolleyes:

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empireo22

The largest Cyphosperma balansae I have ever seen! :)

Everything is bigger on the Big Island! :)

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Walter John

What can I say that hasn't been said before about Mister Marcus and his Magical Menagerie of Palms. Hawaii-like is Hawaii.

I am always curious as to what plants people acquire though, so Bo , what did you guys get from the nursery, if you don't mind me asking.

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Pedro 65

Stunning Pics Thanks Bo, cant wait to visit Jeff and Suchin and have a few days to slowly walk around have a great look at his "Masterpiece Collection" when Cassandra and I are staying close by at Bill Austins and his lovely wife Nong....We Look fwd to the rest of your pics Bo, the pic of Kim standing beside the Lemur is "Divine"...Pete n Cassandra :)

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DoomsDave

ran out into the garden

screaming

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DALION

Makes me want to buy some property in Hawaii.

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LJG

Has anyone ever seen Jeff without a pair of clippers attached to his belt?

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Jeff in St Pete

Bo, thanks for posting pics from Floribunda. That Lemur palm blows me away every time I see a photo!

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Stevetoad
drool.gif One day my garden will look just like that!..... Wait..no it won't sad.gif

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Gtlevine

There is no way I could ever get tired of seeing photos of Jeff Marcus palms, truly just incredible.

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Kim

Another angle to that Dypsis marojejyi:

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Something for the variegation aficionados:

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Kim

Alternate view of the Dypsis saintlucei and its developing inflorescence:

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These are the dwarf form:

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And here is Jeff giving us the backstory on the three Dypsis hovomantsina in this area. In his hand is a smaller one, behind him a larger, more plumose one, but all from the same seed batch and all planted at the same time. Extreme Dypsis fascination!

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Perito

Everything looks so perfect. More, Pretty Please!

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peachy

Well I can state for certain that my garden will never look like that. At the slow rate big dypsis grow around here, I would have needed to plant them while I was in utero. I adore lemurophoenix but have never been brave enough to try one here due to my variable climate and the big bux they charge for them here. Bobo, what species is the monkey at the foot of the lemurophoenix btw ? (can't find my glasses)

Peachy

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Dypsisdean

Has anyone ever seen Jeff without a pair of clippers attached to his belt?

Yes - Believe it or not, he leaves them at home whenever we go out to dinner with him. :)

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colin Peters

Beautiful pictures Bo. thank you, Do you know if he has figured out the D. marojejya yet, and

is getting viable seed??

aloha

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Tassie_Troy1971

Disneyland for palm freaks ! :drool:

The Marcus garden has it all !

that big Lemurophoenix halleuxii has to be one of the most stunning palms i have ever seen .

Bo have you some more pics of rare New Caledonian palms Lepidota etc to show us

Also what is Jeff's elevation and normal temperature range ??

Troy

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redant

Some really stunning palms. Everything looks so healthy.

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LJG

Has anyone ever seen Jeff without a pair of clippers attached to his belt?

Yes - Believe it or not, he leaves them at home whenever we go out to dinner with him. :)

Bet they are in Suchin's purse.

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Jeff Searle

Has anyone ever seen Jeff without a pair of clippers attached to his belt?

Yes - Believe it or not, he leaves them at home whenever we go out to dinner with him. :)

AND.....while drinking a few cocktails while sitting on the couch late at night, talking about palms still of course. And other Palm Talk members. :mrlooney:

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bgl

Thanks everybody for your comments! :) And Wal, no I don't mind the question at all (what palms we bought). We can get to that after we're done posting photos from the nursery. And Kim, thanks for adding some of yours. :) I know you have many more. So, I'll add a few more...

Dypsis ambositrae and a large Metroxylon amicarum in the distance in the second photo.

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A pair of Marojejya darianii just beyond the M. amicarum are bound to make an impression! :)

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Dypsis sp. bejoufa with Suchin for scale and a cute little Pinanga disticha in the second photo.

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Jeff next to a fruiting Iriartea deltoidea and then a Dypsis tokoravina in the second photo. I didn't get any additional photos of the very beautiful and impressive Iriarteas but maybe Kim has some.

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According to Jeff this is a cross between the "standard" red Cyrtostachys renda and the yellow form. He calls it "apple". Another Lemurophoenix in the second photo. This is a smaller seeded variety. Unclear whether it may be a separate species from L. halleuxii.

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A small group of Dypsis basilonga, and one of Jeff's definite favorites. I seem to recall we all agreed on that! :)

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