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Corypha umbraculifera in Ft. Myers Park

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Last Sunday afternoon my husband decided to drop in on a Ft. Myers Palm Park, the one by the former railroad museum, to see what was up. Overall, the palms look okay but rather ungroomed, likely because of covid issues. But some of the palms were seeding and we scarfed some Copernicia baileyana and prunifera seeds that had escaped being cut down last year.

We also saw a juvenile Corypha umbraculifera that is already well on its way to dominating the rest of the park. It is already larger than my Sabal causiarum. My husband immediately fell in love with it. But I don't plan on getting one. I already have a young Tahina spectabilis and one giant monocarpic palm is enough. My husband took the following photos of that choice Corypha.

Corypha umbraculifera juvenile, Fort Myers, FL 2021


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Very cool find to see in a city park. Would have turn my head around more than once if I was driving by. Probably would have gotten whiplash.


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Thanks, that’s the biggest one I recall seeing in Florida.

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What a spectacular palm,  dream palm for a dream garden haha 

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