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Maxburretia furtadoana

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PalmGuyWC

I was looking through the spiney palm thread and saw that Komkrit had a picture of Maxburretia furtadoana. I remember seeing an article about Maxburretia in Principes with some nice photographs some years back. Apparently it grows on very inaccessable lime stone clifts in Thailand. I don't think I have ever seen one growing in a private or a botanical garden. I'm just wondering if anyone grows it outside of Thailand and what cultural conditions are required to grow it? If it grows on lime stone it should do well in S. Florida, and I suppose it's tropical.

From my inexperienced observation, it appears to be closely related to Guihaia. Could anyone shed some light on this group of palms?  PACSOA mentions 3 different species, M. furtadoana, fortunei and gracilis. Any information and/or pictures on this genus of palms would be appreciated.

Dick

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bgl

Dick,

I acquired five 1G M. furtadoana in 1999 from Floribunda, and planted them. They hang in there for about a year, give or take a few months, and then they all promptly died. It looked like they dried out, which would seem strange. My guess is that their soil requirements are very unique, and they just didn't like it here.

Guihaia does reasonably well here.

Bo-Göran

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Jeff Searle

Very interesting Bo, I still have not yet even seen one in any public or private collection.

Jeff

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PalmGuyWC

Well, darn, if you have never seen one either, or own one, Jeff, it must be a very rare palm in cultivation. One would think Fairchild Gardens would have one since the palms grow in limestone outcrops. Even though this is not a knock out palm in looks, there is something about it that intrigues me. I guess its remoteness and inaccessibility and maybe a scant seed crop make this a rare palm, and maybe a lack of interest. I suspect some enterprising Thai gentleman could make a lot of money if he could make the seeds available.

Bo, I suspect your acid soil did yours in, since they grow in pure limestone. Surely there must be someone out there that is growing some. Anyone??

Dick

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paulgila

i believe i saw one at a garden in los angeles at a university,maybe ucla?ring a bell to anyone ???

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Josh-O

BUMP!

Is anyone growing this in their garden? if so please post a few pictures.

I wonder how cold tolerant this palm is.

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