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Coccothrinax scoparia revisited,February 2020

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In October 2006,the IPS sponsored a trip to the Dominican Republic to view native palms in situ.Fast forward 14 years for another peek at this specific, spectacular,remote area, occupied by Coccothrinax scoparia.This is a medium sized "high elevation" palm that grows mostly in shady,pine forests.Tree is very similar to Coccothrinax montana,another Dominican mountain palm,the easiest identifier being white fruits on montana vs. traditional purple cocco fruits on scoparia.

 

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Undersides,scoparia leaf first,montana leaf second.Scoparia generally is about half silver underneath while montana is mostly green.Both are a full 360 degrees plus.

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Ripe seed has a purple fruit but once cleaned,reveals a whitish tan seed.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

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Palmarum

A great part of a great Biennial.

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Stevetoad

so glad i planted one of these. great pics! thanks for sharing them. That rock looks like the geology we look for in the desert when gold hunting.   

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The area is actually an old bauxite mine,the mineral used to produce aluminum.

 

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Mesa,Arizona

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This is my only scoparia.Growing well,but still in a pot.

 

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Some scoparia seeds are FINALLY sprouting! Excessive heat here may have kept the seeds dormant, or killed some outright? They have been exposed to 115F inside a shaded greenhouse on several occasions already...

 

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