I was a bit surprised by the girth of the trunks in this group of Phoenix which appeared to be a clumping species. Unfortunately due to foliage and the lens that I had on at the time, I could only get the trunks as opposed to the entire palms when I was close. YOu can see in the 2nd & 3rd photos the width of the trunk compared to the Washingtonia robusta adjacent to them. Once up above I got the first photo of the crowns which is smack dab middle of the photo, with all the robusta's adjacent again. The palms are in the San Diego Safari Park. Everything was looking very green including the hills across the San Pasqual Valley after this winter's abundance of rainfall. My first guess was a Phoenix reclinata hybrid with one of the thicker trunked Phoenix, but I don't claim to be that familiar with all the Phoenix species. That said, I am also aware of the abundance of Phoenix crosses. I've seen so many palms that appear to be Phoenix reclinata with varying length fronds, which are not necessarily linked to the light exposure, so I have little doubt that they are willing partners in hybridization. What think you?
Just a side note, that the signage on plants is sorely lacking at the Safari Park ,or as we old timers knew it the "Wild Animal Park", when compared to its big sister facility, the San Diego Zoo.
Hi! I am writing this post on behalf of my friend. It has a date palm. From 2 months on some leaves has such spots. The phoenix is generally ok. Palm is stands on the south-eastern window sill. A colleague can not give a palm pot somewhere else. I advised him to overdo it in a pot and hand-made substrate with the addition of perlite, coconut fiber and keramzite, because it now has a universal soil mixed with peat. He sprinkles the palm twice a week. I wonder what these stains are, but I suspect that this is due to poor cultivation. What do you think about it? The worms are not visible there.
My wife and I were walking around the resort where we are staying at in Bermuda, when we came across this Phoenix. Looks to be a hybrid (I think)... They trimmed it to only grow as one palm, but the base showed many pups that were chopped. Is this just a Reclinata or Roebelenii x Reclinata? Something else? Either way, it is a beautiful palm and likes it’s look a lot!
Thanks for any insight on this palm identification.
Saw an interesting multi trunk Phoenix today in Destin. Must be a hybrid of some kind. My guess is Phoenix Canariensis and Phoenix Roebelenii hybrid. What say you!
It was seeding too, so took a few and will try to germinate them.
The little Phoenix in the photos below has struggled in the past but is now healthy and happy. Despite being 4-5 years old it is only about 24" tall and just this season developed its signature spines. I germinated it from a batch of RPS seeds labeled as Phoenix roebelenii (Mekong) and described as follows, "the wild, unhybridized form of Phoenix roebelenii has a much daintier appearance than the commonly cultivated form, with thin, heavily clustering trunks and very finely pinnate, wispy leaves."
Only two seeds germinated, one died and the survivor is the palm in the photos. It grew excrutiatingly slowly for a Phoenix but after a couple years went pinnate. I planted it in a box on my garden lot. There it went into a slow decline even though I hand watered it during dry season. I realized it would soon croak in that spot so I repotted it. It lingered for months doing nothing, then slowly began to grow again. This spring I repotted it in a 3g size pot and placed it where it got sun and irrigation. It is finally taking off and has developed its signature spines.
My question is what species is this little Phoenix? It hasn't clustered in 5 years so it's likely not a Mekong roebelenii. In all those years it has grown to only ~24" tall. So, is it a garden variety solitary roebelenii? A hybrid? Something else? Whether I keep it or not depends on the answer.
Phoenix sp for ID