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Pal Meir

What is your palm with the thinnest stems? My record holder is a 15 year old Rhapis micrantha. The 1st stem (grown directly from seed, no offshoot) has a diameter of 4.6 mm, much less than the stem of a 3½ year old Chamaedorea tuerckheimii with 5.0 mm. (An old no more existent Rhapis subtilis had 4.7 mm.)

I guess good other candidates were Chamaedorea stolonifera and some Calamus spp.

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kinzyjr

Rhapis Excelsa for me.  Not nearly as thin as those though!

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palmsOrl

Reinhardtia, has  Rhapis, Chamaedorea and Calamus.

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abdalav

Pal Meir, how thin are your Chamaedorea metallica's trunks?

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GottmitAlex

Hyophorbe indica red var.  Seems the stems are hollow inside. After I received my 5 last year from Floribunda, most of their leaves snapped like twigs once the first harsh winds came by early winter. They were 1 gallon size.  They are growing new new leaves.

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Pal Meir
10 hours ago, abdalav said:

Pal Meir, how thin are your Chamaedorea metallica's trunks?

I don’t remember, :hmm: but I guess something between 10 and 15 mm, very similar to Ch. elegans.

10 hours ago, GottmitAlex said:

Hyophorbe indica red var.  Seems the stems are hollow inside. After I received my 5 last year from Floribunda, most of their leaves snapped like twigs once the first harsh winds came by early winter. They were 1 gallon size.  They are growing new new leaves.

Your Hyophorbe is not yet trunking, that is not a real stem! :P

On 5/3/2019 at 3:02 AM, palmsOrl said:

Reinhardtia, has  Rhapis, Chamaedorea and Calamus.

Could you post a pic of your Reinhardtia (gracilis?)!

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13 hours ago, Pal Meir said:

Your Hyophorbe is not yet trunking, that is not a real stem! :P

 

Lol I get it. I was not referring to the trunk, which is the stem. I was referring to the leaf petiole. My bad. However, of the limited palms I have, the Hyophorbe indica var. Red has the most frail of petioles.  I can compare it to my other hyophorbes laganecaulis or dypsis Carlsmithii of the same age and no comparison. Their rachis/petioles are quite rugged and withstand wind compared to the hyophorbe indica red.

And here again, a misunderstanding on my part. 

 

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