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    • Pal Meir
      By Pal Meir
      For hybrides with Cocos nucifera or else!

    • kinzyjr
      By kinzyjr
      The 2019 Holiday meet-up started at Heathcote Botanical Gardens in Ft. Pierce, Florida.  The gardens are roughly 5 acres and have a densely planted palm and cycad walk as well as a reflection garden full of Bonsai plants.  Our tour guide for the day was none other than @Dave-Vero.  Currently, the gardens are set up with Christmas lights and a train set under a tree as part of their Garden of Lights event.  For more information on the gardens, please visit: https://www.heathcotebotanicalgardens.org/
      On with the show:
      Next 3 photos: The parking lot has pretty standard views for coastal central Florida; with Livistona and Roystonea in fruit, and some yuccas to stop you from parking in the mulch.



      Next 4 photos: The entrance has some more old favorites.  From there you can see some of the canopy palms in the gardens.




      Once inside, a Satakentia liukiuensis all decked out with lights.

      A look down the path shows that all of the palms are under canopy for protection.  A Dypsis decaryi is present on the right fork.

      There are bromeliads and other plants mixed in with the palms as you would expect.  What's that on the left?

      Next 2 photos: If you guessed Howea forsteriana, you are correct.  This palm seemed to attract most of the attention at the start of the tour.  There is a close-up in the second photo.


      The famed 3-headed Sabal makes an appearance in an open spot off the main path.

    • Pal Meir
      By Pal Meir
      According to the palm literature Lytocaryum weddellianum grows at altitudes between 50 and 800 m and Lytocaryum insigne from 1000 to 1800 m (Noblick 2017). But those limitations seem to be not correct. Below four habitat photos showing L insigne at c. 500 m and L weddellianum at c. 900 m (and 1200 m imo):



      This palm is imo also L weddellianum, but I am not sure:

    • Pal Meir
      By Pal Meir
      Not a Lodoicea, but only two L weddellianum potted together, today 6 years old:

      And 2 years ago:

      And when they were still younger:

      And 4 months after birth, er, germination:

       
    • Pal Meir
      By Pal Meir
      Trachycarpus wagnerianus seems to be another ideal bonsai palm.
      Here an 8 years old palm which got transplanted into ground in 2014:

       
      And onother one 12 years old in a Ø12cm x H10cm plastic pot:

       
      The latest leaf of that now 16 years old palm:

       
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