I have some Serenoa repens seeds and am wondering if there are any requirements for germinating them that I should know. I have them in a plastic baggy with damp peat moss and perlite. How long do they general take to germinate?
Went for a small hike at Crooked Lake Prairie in Babson Park, FL (just south of Lake Wales). Beautiful, endangered scrub habitat with lots of pine, scrub oak, and palmetto. Saw these unusually looking old saw palmetto throughout the trail- largest I've ever seen. I wonder how old they are.
Some more typical saw palmetto throughout the trail
Apparently they can branch a lot along the trunk
It also looks as if the trunk can root in the ground as it grows horizontally, as this one appeared to be cut from the main stem and still growing.
They looked like snakes on the ground
Saw this when hiking through Myakka River State Park outside of Sarasota, a saw palmetto with a high, vertical trunk. I've seen plenty with a trunk going up maybe a few feet off the ground, but never as high or straight as this individual.
By Yunder Wækraus
We saw this pretty mixed palm, pine, and oak forest on a camping trip on the Deseret Ranch over the weekend. (And I've added a picture of a mature crested caracara that we saw on our way out of the ranch; habitat with this sort of forest mixed with cattle pasture is the only place you can find this species thriving in Florida.)
I was walking through La Cantera (an open air mall on the north west side of San Antonio) the other day and I saw some interesting palms (at least interesting for San Antonio). I believe the palms in the first picture are Phoenix dactylifera, and I believe that's Serenoa repens in the second. Can anyone confirm that they are those species?
I have seen many Phoenix canariensis growing around San Antonio (I have one growing in my yard as well), but not so many Phoenix dactylifera. It was interesting to see such tall specimens growing here (if that is what they are). I saw about 8 this size alone at La Cantera.
Whatever the second palms is, it looks like it is fruiting seeds. I didn't notice the seeds until after I got back home and looked at the picture. I'll have to go back on a collection run soon; it is a good thing I live close by!.