My largest Chambeyronia macrocarpa is producing a bodacious crop of seeds. This Chambey is 25-30' tall and is one of the coveted 'Watermelon' varieties with streaks of yellow on its trunk and crownshaft. This palm is large and robust with leathery dark green leaves. But its most astonishing feature is that new leaves open dark red to crimson before gradually fading to green, giving it the epithet "Flamethrower Palm." It is a spectacular, eye-catching palm from New Caledonia that is easy growing here in FL, unlike many other New Caledonia species. But it may be harder to find in the future as I've read that New Caledonia is cracking down on export of its native palms and seeds. If what I read is true, in the future only domestically grown seeds of this desirable species may be available. I have germinated a number of Chambeys from seeds and found their large seeds (~1" wide by 1.5" long) germinate easily and seedlings grow robustly. Now is your time to try this awesome species.
Chambeyronia macrocarpa 'Watermelon' seeds: $1.00 each (minimum purchase 15 seeds)
Shipping: $5.00 in padded envelope (seeds are large) No shipping overseas. No shipping to HI
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I love it when a Chambeyronia opens a red leaf. Here is my biggest which I was told is a macrocarpa hookeri cross, but it may just be a yellow coloured macrocarpa because it's been much faster than any other hookeri I've had before.
I am looking to buy a large Chambeyronia var. Watermelon or hookeri.
Also interested in purchasing a large Dypsis Leptocheilos x Dypsis Decaryi (Tri-Bear).
Let me know if anyone has these for purchase in any size (the larger the better).
We expanded the garden on the west side of the house by killing off turf and laying mulch between larger palms. My husband told me to pick out plants to plant, so, naturally, I chose palm seedlings from my container garden. He was hoping for flowers (ha ha) but I plan to include some small flowering bushes later. Besides, last weekend we drove out to Top Tropicals looking for Mussaendas, my new flowering shrub fixation. They are sometimes called "tropical poinsettias" although they are no relation to Euphorbias and are very hard to find. I bought 3g pots of Mussaendas Dona Aurora (white) and Marmalade (mottled yellow & orange). Previously I found a small red Mussaenda on eBay and since have ordered a dwarf white Mussaenda. We planted them this past week. Today we planted the following palms:
We got some much needed heavy rain yesterday evening. I looked out at my back yard jungle and noticed my Chambeyronia Houailou was sending up a new leaf. Houailous usually don't have as intensely red new leaves as the commoner macrocarpa, but this one is perhaps the most intense my palm has produced. This sturdy palm with lime green leathery leaves is fairly slow growing for me but is finally as tall as I am. Great palm if you can find one.
The first 5 photos were taken last night after rainfall slackened
I took the next 5 photos this morning. One of them is of one of the palm's older green fronds.