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Palms are seeding all over our 0.61 ac paradise. Some seeds are welcome - others not so much. In the welcome category are Gaussia maya and two varieties of Sabal minor "uber dwarfs" (my term). 

Gaussia maya ripening seeds

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If Sabal minor is sometimes called a "dwarf Sabal" because of its shrubby nature, uber dwarf Sabal minors take dwarfism to a whole new level - they are dwarfs of dwarfs. One of the better known is Sabal minor Blountstown Dwarf (uber dwarfs are usually named for the community closest to discovery). Blountstown is a town in the FL Panhandle directly west of Tallahassee. This tiny palm seldom exceeds 18" tall by 30" wide. My original mother palm has been that size for the past 5-6 years and her offspring grow true. The leaves have an angle of 65-75 degrees. Crops of seeds number fewer than 100. 

Sabal minor Blountstown dwarf in seed

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Sabal minor Wakulla Dwarf is found on the coast of the Big Bend near the town of Wakulla, southeast of Tallahassee. Superficially, it closely resembles Blountstown Dwarf and you might wonder if both are the same variety, except their populations are 60 miles apart. Only DNA testing can determine how closely they are related. But in my experience growing both varieties, I found Blountstown Dwarf to be less finicky. I tried a number of Wakulla dwarfs and have succeeded at growing only two to adulthood. Should I chalk the experience up to my skill or lack thereof at growing them? My two Wakulla dwarfs are seeding for the first time this year

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Wear gloves when handling the Gaussia seed. 

I speak from experience.

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4 hours ago, Moose said:

Wear gloves when handling the Gaussia seed. 

I speak from experience.

I bought elbow-length rubber gloves today.

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