Yesterday I took the following photos of some of the palms in my back yard World's Smallest Jungle
View down the walk toward the Isabelle Canal
Left (east) of walk: Chamaedorea ernesti-augustii in pots and Hydriestele dransfieldii
Right (west) of walk: Kerriodoxa elegans
Ravenea julietae and Chamaedorea geoniformis
Lytocaryum weddellianum & Reinhardtia latisecta Compact x2
Pots of palm seedlings germinated this past growing season
I went to the spring Palm Beach palm & cycad sale and one vendor had gorgeous Lytocaryum hoehnii in 3g pots. I'd never seen this species before. He also had Lytocaryum weddellianum in 1g pots. I've tried weddellianum before with dismal results and have since learned they have issues with my sweltering summers and prefer a more temperate climate. Still, I bit the bullet and grabbed one of each species. At home I repotted them and stashed them deep under canopy in my back yard jungle. So far, the hoehnii seems to be growing fine and looking good and may be a good candidate for my heat and humidity as long as it is kept in shade. The weddellianum is still alive and while it threatened a spear pull several months ago, is opening a new leaf. But it has scarcely grown since I bought it. I hope it can make it until cooler weather in late Oct. and be happier over winter. I don't think either species will accept my alkaline soil and will have to spend their lives in pots. Good thing they stay small. Yesterday I pulled them out of their shady canopies to take photos. These are for you, Pal Meir.
Lytocaryum hoehnii, Cape Coral, FL
Lytocaryum weddellianum, Cape Coral, FL
10 Lyto's will be going in the ground this spring...
I have some very fresh Lytocaryum weddellianum pollen. The infloresence popped last night and I left only the female flowers on it. The male flowers can go to whoever wants to give hybridizing a try.
All I ask in return is some of the produced seeds if pollination is succesfull.
By Pal Meir
This is the first picture that presents photos of the eophylls of all four Lytocaryum spp together (L hoehnei, L insigne, L itapebiense, and L weddellianum; Lytocaryum is now considered as subgenus of Syagrus):