How does one tell 5 gallon jubaea from beccariophoenix alfredii? I have inadvertently commingled some, and while there are noticeable differences when these palms get larger (such as yellow petioles for the beccariophoenix alfredii, and the jubaea fronds and leaflets are stiffer), for smaller plants I'm having difficulty telling them apart. Does anyone have some easy keys for differentiating them?
By Eric in Orlando
Thanks to a tip from PalmTalker donalt, I went downtown Orlando to investigate a couple of possible Beccariophoenix alfredii street plants. Sure enough they turned out to be BA. The first and second photos are of 7 planted in a median that separates bus and car lanes. It is on Livingston St. just east of I-4 in between the LYNX bus station and ACE Cafe. Interestingly the ACE Cafe is located in the historic Leu Building; Mr. Leu of Leu Gardens fame, this is where his business and warehouses were located.
I couldn't resist..... I put my alfies in the ground. Zone 9a. I will protect them like Walt does his coconut in Central Florida until it they are too big or I am too old. Maybe we will get a freak run of warm winters.
Have our 12-15 year old B.alfredii produced any seeds yet?
By BS Man about Palms
I'm kinda surprised to not find this here yet, but Alfred of the Beccariophoenix alfredii fame and major seed supplier for a huge amount of the Madagascar palms passed away this past Tuesday I believe.
I find it comforting that just by happenstance I planted this alfredii on Monday. I have had it for years courtesy Pete Balasky who got the seed from Alfred before it was named.
RIP Alfred, a great contributor to the plant and Palm world.