In may of 2019 I planted what I purchased as a Trachycarpus Nainital. It's in the foreground (left side) of the first picture (taken Oct 2019) while a T Fortunei, which was smaller and had been in the ground for 2 summers and 3 winters is in the background to the right. In the second picture, taken today, the T fortunei has gotten much taller than the Trachy in the foreground. The trachy in the foreground has put out several new fronds each summer but has gained very little height/trunk. The third picture is a pic of the hostula of the Trachy in the foreground, which is asymmetric (The pointed hump is off center, but the hostula is not twisted). [The hostula on the fortunei has no pointed hump, just a nice smooth semi-circle.] What little trunk there is, is fibrous like the fortunei. Also you can see that, this summer, the hastsa leaves have gotten very close to the trunk (The nearest hasta stalk is about 14 inches from the Trachy trunk. )
Is there enough information to tell if the Trachy in the foreground a Nainital (or some other variant)? Is it likely that the closeness of the hostas has slowed the growth of this Trachy? In two summers, how far out are the roots of this Trachy likely to have grown? I was going to move the closest hastas, but thought I'd wait till spring so as not to disturb the Trachy roots before winter. Is there a source that identifies trachy's (or other palms) by the hostula?
I’m in search of any footage of anything cycad related for a documentary over cycads. Would love to have anything you might have, especially of any plants in situ, their beauty, anatomy, etc.
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I received this cutting from a member of the Palm Society a few years back after a garden tour along with two other Araceae. I never wrote down the identification and noticed it is popping out some sort of inflorescence or spadix. I'm hoping that someone will recognize it and can advise what the genus and species is.
I posted photos of these four seedlings a couple months but I'm still not sure what I have. I got seeds of these palms from Australia back in 2019 and the seller IDed them as "Ptychosperma unknown species" with large leaves and large seeds. When I say "large seeds" I do it with Ptychospermas in mind. I can't remember exactly what the seeds looked like except they were elongated and approx. 3/4" to 1" long and 1/3" to 1/2" wide. One PTer suggested they might be Veitchias. My seeds source seemed knowledgable enough to tell the difference between Ptychospermas and Veitchias, but who can say if he was? I took photos of the largest palm. Notice it has black speckling and a lot of tomentum but is that a shared trait of Ptychos and Veitchias? Seedlings are robust and fast growing. They sailed through my winter carefree and without protection.
Ptychosperma or Veitchia?
Today we stopped at our local deli for lunch. As we were leaving I noticed two large Phoenix palms on each side of the driveway. One was loaded with seeds while the other, a male, was not. The fruits were still green and were 1" long x 1/2" wide. The seeds are 3/4" x 3/8". The Phoenix genus is not my favorite but these two palms were spectacular beneath the sunlit sky. They have been cared for and pruned judiciously and were perfect. I saw no other Phoenix palms nearby. My question is: Can anyone tell me what hybrids these two palms could be (almost all Phoenix in FL are hybrids)? Is anyone interested in seeds when they ripen? If the offspring take after the parents they should turn out to be awesome palms. I hope everyone agrees. I took the following photos:
Fruit and seeds
Seeding Female palm