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Tahina palms in public gardens?

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Cindy Adair

I have been asked by a Tahina project donor to start a topic listing Botanical gardens world wide that currently grow Tahina spectabilis. 
 

I think this is an interesting idea, especially if pictures are added, perhaps even with a Tahina mug or a person wearing a Tahina shirt included for scale.


It would be nice to try to see all the public Tahinas, much as I now visit my holy grail Lodoiceas  (double coconuts). That is once air travel is safer,  as I believe there are no Tahinas (or double coconuts) in Puerto Rico public gardens. 

Remaining Tahinas in pots or seeds or seedlings (when seed is next available) could be gifted to a garden with an appropriate climate, but lacking this monotypic genus now. Or mailed to me (just kidding).
 

OK up to you all to keep this topic alive with some photos and a list!

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Cindy Adair


Someone staying inside today please help research this topic.

I will start:

https://fairchild.gardenexplorer.org/taxon-18589.aspx
 

If I understand it correctly, the link above lists four Tahinas at the famous Miami, FL Fairchild Gardens and locates them on a map. Anyone have a photo whether old or recent or can confirm that four still grow there? If only I could visit today and check it out myself!

Please check out the plant inventory on any Worldwide local gardens to see if they grow this species? Phone calls to gardens (if open) would work too.  
 

Some gardens may have them under glass just like at last visit two greenhouses in Chicago had one double coconut tree each.
 

Thanks!

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Cindy Adair

Thanks folks! Some nice photos and information on those links. 

Keep it up as I'll bet there are more spread around the world....

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Kim

Singapore Botanic Gardens, photos taken June 17, 2016:

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Kim

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore -- for some reason, I don't have a pic of the Tahina group from my 2016 visit, but I do have a few photos from my first visit there, September 9, 2012 not long after the gardens opened. Not to be confused with the taller palms, the Tahinas are the little bitty palms that almost look like ground cover. :wub:

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Kim

Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, Thailand, my one photo taken September, 2012. The Tahina is the small green fan palm just beyond the stone spheres.

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Fortunately, Bo took several photos the same day. I hope he doesn't mind if I add them here:

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Kim

Not your typical public garden, but arrangements can be made to visit Usina de Arte and its Parque Artistico-Botanico. It is located outside the town of Xexéu, in the municipality of Agua Preta, Pernambuco, Brazil. This unique location is the former Santa Teresa sugar mill and assorted outbuildings and a wonderful old house and grounds, all converted to a center for arts of all kinds, and a botanic garden where PalmTalk member Gileno Machado has been planting furiously. Visited January 2020.

Outside the "Big House" and down the slope toward the pond, is a Tahina! The palm is not situated in the main botanic/sculpture garden, because it would be much too exposed to the searing sun, whereas here, there is some tree canopy and irrigation to give it some relief. 

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Just to give you some sense of this nascent garden, I'm adding a couple of photos, hopefully not going too far off-topic. 

The "Big House"

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Some of the botanic/sculpture garden

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bgl

Another shot of one of the Tahina spectabilis in Palm Valley in Singapore Botanic Garden. I took this photo on July 10th, 2017, almost exactly a year after Kim's photo above. There are a handful of Tahinas in this general area but it's conceivable that this is the same palm that Kim has in her photo above. (EDIT a few minutes later - after carefully comparing the two photos I think they are two separate individuals, but definitely in the same area).

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bgl

Passing through Singapore in February 2018 on my way to Surabaya I had an extra day to meet some friends and also an afternoon visit to Gardens by the Bay, which is always a great experience. It opened to the public on June 28, 2012, and Kim and I were fortunate to visit in September that year (on our way to the Thailand Biennial), see Kim's photos above. The growth of the palms has been nothing short of spectacular, thanks to Singapore's non stop heat, 12 months of the year. And as can be seen, the Tahina spectabilis group has performed extremely well! :) Photo taken on February 17th, 2018.

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Cindy Adair

Great additions Kim and Bo!

Photo journals second best to being there. 

Plus a reference for the future.

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Jeff Searle

Great! Much more than I was expecting to see at these gardens.

Jeff

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PALM MOD

It is so rewarding and a testament to PalmTalk and the IPS that a palm unknown 14 years ago, with so few individuals left in precarious habitats, and that only produces seed once in its lifetime is already growing happily in so many public and private gardens around the world.

I have always wondered how many palms have never made it outside their natural habitat and succumbed due to their habitat destruction - never to be seen and appreciated - not even in photographs. 

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Gileno Machado
17 hours ago, Kim said:

Not your typical public garden, but arrangements can be made to visit Usina de Arte and its Parque Artistico-Botanico. It is located outside the town of Xexéu, in the municipality of Agua Preta, Pernambuco, Brazil. This unique location is the former Santa Teresa sugar mill and assorted outbuildings and a wonderful old house and grounds, all converted to a center for arts of all kinds, and a botanic garden where PalmTalk member Gileno Machado has been planting furiously. Visited January 2020.

Outside the "Big House" and down the slope toward the pond, is a Tahina! The palm is not situated in the main botanic/sculpture garden, because it would be much too exposed to the searing sun, whereas here, there is some tree canopy and irrigation to give it some relief. 

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Just to give you some sense of this nascent garden, I'm adding a couple of photos, hopefully not going too far off-topic. 

The "Big House"

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Some of the botanic/sculpture garden

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Thanks for your pictures Kim, that Tahina has grown a bit since then. We have actually planted a second Tahina there, in the open area. Now we’re having a nice mild (and wet!) winter here. Let’s see how it performs through our long summers though. You and Bo visiting here was great. Come back next year.

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Cindy Adair

I am so appreciative of all the posts, even as I step back on my comments due to other commitments.

Keep them coming and they will be searchable on PalmTalk for years. 

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Mandrew968

Montgomery Botanical Center. My father for scale...

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realarch

Good Grief! Speechless.

Tim

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Dypsisdean
4 hours ago, realarch said:

Good Grief! Speechless.

Tim


Second that - thanks for the pic Andrew.

 

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Merlyn2220

Here is a photo of the small one in part shade, taken in November 2018.  It's in the Leu Gardens palm area, just North of the Phoenix circle. 

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Merlyn2220

And here's the larger one, just around the corner.  Also taken in November 2018 at Leu Gardens:

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Eric in Orlando

We have 7 planted out at Leu Gardens. The biggest is maybe 6ft overall. 3 are in the Palm Garden, 3 in the Tropical Stream Garden and 1 in the Idea Garden.  One of them in the Tropical Stream Garden is growing in moderate shade and growing fine. I will get current photos in the next couple of days. These were all grown from the first batch of seed that was available.

 

 

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