A question popped into my mind when I noticed what I believe is a male inflorescence emerging from a Ravenea glauca. In that this species is dioecious, I wondered if hybridization with other species within the genus is very common when species are grown in close proximity. I was trying to think if there were desirable characteristics that one might want to pull from two different Ravenea species in a hybrid. Anyone seen examples of hybrid Raveneas or experimented with them?
I just bought two needle palms from hawkpalms on ebay in an attempt to fill up some extra space on the base my dune. This is incredibly close to the ocean and the temperature is rarely warmer than 80 all summer because of the cold water. In the winter I'd say it rarely gets below 15. The last few weeks have been pretty wet and cold and now its starting to get nicer. I was wondering if anyone had an idea if this is worth a try having minimal protection or if the winter will be too harsh. The dune also acts as a shield from the wind coming from the ocean which I think could be helpful.
These pictures were taken during the CFPACS summer field trip.
When you pull into the parking lot, this is the entrance that greets you:
The gazebo and sign showing the multiple paths:
Plants in this area are available in exchange for a donation to the gardens:
Around the bend starts the Florida Hammock Trail:
By Eric in Orlando
Saturday I visited Mackay Gardens in Lake Alfred, FL, about 60 miles south of Orlando. It is the former estate of Alexander Mackay, a Scottish businessman. He had a house built in 1915 and hired John Morley, a British botanist to design the gardens. Morley was friends with David Fairchild and DF. would send him plants to try out.
There are some old palms there one specimen really intrigued me. It looks like a Sabal palmetto but the inflorescences extend beyond the foliage. There is a tall mature Sabal yapa on the grounds not real far away. Could this palm be a hybrid between S. palmetto and S. yapa?
By BS Man about Palms
After enjoying some recent pics of the stunning size and color of these palms, it brings to mind an observation I had years back. I only recently thought about it again and I realized this Dypsis seems to have a different growing characteristic to any other Dypsis. It seems to grow like a hybrid of a heeled palm and a non-heeled palm. It seems to grow most similarly to a Sabal of all things... at least to my eyes.
What I mean by this is it seems to grow sideway like a heeled palm, yet it never seems to go below the surface like a standard palm. If fact the base just continues to get fatter, splitting the older leaf bases with wild abandon, kinda like most Sabals I see until they trunk.