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Tsimbazaza in Antananarivo


elHoagie

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This is probably the last of the palm photos I'll post from my trip to Madacascar.  These were all taken at the Tsimbazaza in the capital city of Antananarivo.  The Tsimbazaza was originally a military base, then a botanical garden, and now a zoo and museum.  I think the garden was started about 75 years ago, so there are a lot of mature specimens.

The capital is located almost in the center of the country at an elevation of 1200m.  My guide said the temperatures drop below 5C sometimes, and she's seen light frost.  It was pretty cool most of the time I spent in the capital, probably 20C during the day.

Here's a picture of my wife and I under a mature Dypsis decipiens.  There were probably about 30 D. decipiens this size in the garden.

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Jack Sayers

East Los Angeles

growing cold tolerant palms halfway between the equator and the arctic circle...

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Me standing under a "grove" of D. decipiens

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Jack Sayers

East Los Angeles

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A large D. decipiens next to a large Bismarckia nobilis.  There were probably 10 Bismarckias this size in the garden, all of them the green form.

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Jack Sayers

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The garden also had a lot of exotics, mostly Syagrus romanzoffiana, Phoenix sp., and Livistona sp..  Also, there were quite a few HUGE D. madagascariensis.  There were probably 20 or 30 new plantings of various Dypsis sp., probably made in the past couple years.  Most of these new Dypsis looked to be large species, but I have no idea which ones.

Here's a picture looking at part of the palm garden.

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Jack Sayers

East Los Angeles

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Another view of the palm garden.

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Jack Sayers

East Los Angeles

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One more view of the palm garden.

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Jack Sayers

East Los Angeles

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We also found this nice looking D. lastelliana.

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Jack Sayers

East Los Angeles

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Pandanus sp. in the foreground, large Raphia sp. behind them, and a huge Roystonea sp. in the background.

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Jack Sayers

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On the other side of the park from the where the previous photos were taken I found this gem.  Marojejya insignis.

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Jack Sayers

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More great eye candy!  Thanks.

Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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Leaf bases and inflorescence of M. insignis.

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Jack Sayers

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Finally, a close-up of the inflorescence.

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Jack Sayers

East Los Angeles

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What a place! Love those D. decipiens. Not exactly pretty but certainly unique and impressive!

Bo

Leilani Estates, 25 mls/40 km south of Hilo, Big Island of Hawai'i. Elevation 880 ft/270 m. Average rainfall 140 inches/3550 mm

 

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(elHoagie @ Jun. 20 2006,14:15)

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Finally, a close-up of the inflorescence.

If that doesn't look like underwater reef coral, nothing does. Fantabulous.

Happy Gardening

Cheers,

Wal

Queensland, Australia.

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Hello Jack,

   Nice photos of Marojejya insignis. Real pretty.

   Jeff

Searle Brothers Nursery Inc.

and The Rainforest Collection.

Southwest Ranches,Fl.

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Finally, I can see some Decipiens that are NO DOUBT larger than Pauleens in Ventura!!!

Great pix, Thanks Hoag..

RLR, it looks like the new page limit is at 15 posts?  If so, that would work great I bet.  Saves those of us on dial-up.

(really, I'll move into the 21st century...someday)

Bill

Zone 10a at best after 2007 AND 2013, on SW facing hill, 1 1/2 miles from coast in Oceanside, CA. 30-98 degrees, and 45-80deg. about 95% of the time.

"The great workman of nature is time."   ,  "Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience."

-George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon-

I do some experiments and learning in my garden with palms so you don't have to experience the pain! Look at my old threads to find various observations and tips!

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Great pics senor hoagie!!!

Dave Hughson

Carlsbad, Ca

1 mile from ocean

Zone 10b

Palm freaks are good peeps!!!!!

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Thanks for all the comments!

Jack Sayers

East Los Angeles

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  • 1 month later...

Whoa!

Off to the swoonery I go!

Doink!  Back up, so more can see.

Love the pix, gadzooks, gonna update my vaccinations, get a passport . . .

Learn French!

dave

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