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Fruit on a Chamaedorea metallica?

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Howeadypsis

It seems my C.metallica is fruiting. Two green berries at the end of a flower stem. The other flower stems dried up ages ago but one stayed fleshy and put out two fruits. Funny thing is I thought it was a dioecious species, and I dont know anyone nearby with palms. Weird.

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Howeadypsis

Close up of the fruit. Do they ripen to red, or black?

 

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Howeadypsis

And the entire plant

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XYZ

Will be parthenocarpic (= no seed) if no male Chamaedorea nearby. Fruits ripen black, but these may just shrivel prior to color change.

This is quite a common phenomenon in this genus and we see a couple of queries like this on PT every year.

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Steve Mac

Aw snap. Then my split leaf metalica is probably a false pregnancy too.

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Howeadypsis
6 hours ago, gtsteve said:

Aw snap. Then my split leaf metalica is probably a false pregnancy too.

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Ah yours has split leaves?

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Steve Mac

Yes, they are less common and yours has big healthy bifid leaves which are remarkably clear.

And shiny, it is so perfect that it almost looks like plastic.

Err, that is not a criticism. :-) 

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Howeadypsis
33 minutes ago, gtsteve said:

Yes, they are less common and yours has big healthy bifid leaves which are remarkably clear.

And shiny, it is so perfect that it almost looks like plastic.

Err, that is not a criticism. :-) 

I must be doing something right then ;)

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Steve Mac

It turns out that my metalica had a real rather than a false pregnancy after all.

I have collected half of the seeds already and cleaned and planted them.

I'm not entirely surprised, because the boyfriend is all over her, but apparently they don't usually set fruit easily.

I don't know what the fertilization vector is but the prevailing wind is from the wrong side

It will be interesting how many splits Vs bifids I get. 

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