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Chris Chance

I've grown this since it was in a liner. Just started showing teeth and a little blue on the petioles. Anyone have an idea?

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Phoenikakias

Either aculeata or brandegeei. I have a very similar one growing in my garden, where aculeata and brandegeei seed regularly. I have also an armata that creates offspring, but your plant is obviously not an armata.

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TexasColdHardyPalms

I dont know for sure, but looks like acculeata to me.  Mine are in 5g and have a bluer color to them. 

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TexasColdHardyPalms

Btw aculeata have turned out to be the in the running for fastest growing brahea for me and a 1g plant spear burned but still lived despite being completely frozen in a pot at 16f overnight. The 1g armata beside it spear pulled but didnt burn. 

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Chris Chance

Thanks for the replies! I can say this thing has really been cranking since being planted. It's grown about six leaves over the summer.

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Chris Chance

Quick update on this palm has been growing really well and loves the summer heat. I mad the mistake of adding the purple heart plant in the garden. Stuff is difficult to get rid of but it does look cool.

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Chris Chance

Here's a close up of the base.

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dalmatiansoap

Great looking specimen!

BTW, what's the fastest growing Brahea?

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Phoenikakias

My initial opinion does not change. Either brandegeei or aculeata. Only this time your plant obtained a look close to the other plant of mine, which must be either of the two mentioned spp. I.E. I have two plants resulted from produced seeds of my Brahea plants. Three mature plants produce seeds, brandegeei, aculeata, armata, and those two juvenile plants are quite distinct from each other but neither of them looks like an armata, so they must originate from the other two spp but which is which remains a mystery. Here is the juvenile plant of mine, which resembles currently  more your own plant (picture taken yesterday).

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Phoenikakias

And here is a picture of both juvenile plants. The one in the previous picture is now on the right hand and in background.

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Phoenikakias

This is the other juvenile, which initially resembled yours more. It may be not apparent now, but  in younger age it was much like yours as looked in the first posted picture in this topic.

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Phoenikakias

And the petioles of this second exemplary.

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Phoenikakias

I have read in another forum that a consistent trait of aculeata is a pronounced asymmetry of blade at the junction point with petiole, and I have already observed it on my mature aculeata. What is the situation of your plant in this respect?

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quaman58

One characteristic I’ve noted an a brandegeei I’m growing is a full 360 degree circular leaf that it’s exhibited since it was waist high.  It’s very unique; whether it’s always that way on these palms I can’t say. Yours lacks that characteristic..

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Chris Chance

I really am leaning towards aculeata from what I see online. This palm has really gained size since being planted. I think as it gets bigger we will know for sure.

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