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Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum


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Today I went to Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum, and made sure to take lots of pics!

First stop, Jamaican tall coconuts!

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Apparently these came from nuts off of trees at Paul Drummonds house. They have stood the test of time and have managed to not get LY so far.

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Sign

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Shoe for scale

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Some of these coconuts are ripe!

Keith 

Palmetto, Florida (10a) and Tampa, Florida (9b/10a)

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Scrounging around I was able to find some old pictures of these. I was told the first was in 1993, the second one was 2006, the third one was 2008, and the forth was today.

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Keith 

Palmetto, Florida (10a) and Tampa, Florida (9b/10a)

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Old Florida?

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Apparently the homeless here have gotten quite good at opening these up :rage: To think what this guy could have become too...

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No coconuts on the ground, good thing I brought a baseball in case this happened

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It's a home run!!

Keith 

Palmetto, Florida (10a) and Tampa, Florida (9b/10a)

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The fruits of my labour

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I manages to knock 2 down, and a third one fell while I was conversing with a man collecting seeds from a nearby fruiting sabal mauritiiformis.

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These are my favorite trees in the world. I wish LY hadn't have wiped so many out, these are hands down 1,000 times better than Malayan

Keith 

Palmetto, Florida (10a) and Tampa, Florida (9b/10a)

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Here you go redant

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view of crown

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No id on this one, looked weird though

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Where's this at again?

Keith 

Palmetto, Florida (10a) and Tampa, Florida (9b/10a)

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Big palm with no id

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trunk of big palm

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The palm that made me want to get a Beccariophoenix, bigger than last time I saw it

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Keith 

Palmetto, Florida (10a) and Tampa, Florida (9b/10a)

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Oil palm, it's got some seedlings under it that i'll come back later for

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Massive foxtails

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Royals for comparison, these guys are BIG

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Nice Bismarckia

Keith 

Palmetto, Florida (10a) and Tampa, Florida (9b/10a)

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Oldest Beccariophoenix alfredii in country? Ray in Brandon thinks so.

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Show on trunk

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I was told leaf bases are a way to tell whether it's alfredii or not

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Keith 

Palmetto, Florida (10a) and Tampa, Florida (9b/10a)

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A better look at the fronds, any experts want to chime in with their opinions?

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D. album

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Different D. album

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Keith 

Palmetto, Florida (10a) and Tampa, Florida (9b/10a)

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Sabal Domingensis, I can't wait for mine to be that big!

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Shoe for scale

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Keith 

Palmetto, Florida (10a) and Tampa, Florida (9b/10a)

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Another rare Sabal

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I was looking all over for a tiny palm and couldn't find it

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That's why! I thought they were slow growing!

Keith 

Palmetto, Florida (10a) and Tampa, Florida (9b/10a)

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Date palms

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Weird protrusions

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I guess this happens when you don't clean them up

Keith 

Palmetto, Florida (10a) and Tampa, Florida (9b/10a)

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Sabal Lisa, I like this form of Palmetto a lot actually.

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Sabal mauritiiformis

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Trunk

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Keith 

Palmetto, Florida (10a) and Tampa, Florida (9b/10a)

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Large Majesty

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Mule palm

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Coconut with really droopy fronds, maybe it's a young tall variety?

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Another view, it had no ID tag, so I'm not sure what variety it was.

Keith 

Palmetto, Florida (10a) and Tampa, Florida (9b/10a)

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Young Golden Malayan

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Tropical style coconuts, right out on the sand!

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Another coconut

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Double headed queen palm

Keith 

Palmetto, Florida (10a) and Tampa, Florida (9b/10a)

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More mature Sabal mauritiiformis

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Oil palm seedling 1

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Oil palm seedling 2

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Oil palm seedling 3

Keith 

Palmetto, Florida (10a) and Tampa, Florida (9b/10a)

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Dug out of the ground. This was very rich soil! It must be heavily composted. Also When I was digging these up, there were 2 intoxicated (I believe on both Marijuana and alcohol) garbling to each other on the bench next to me about acquiring and smoking marijuana, how they didn't know where they were, and some stuff I couldn't understand. Some people really take advantage of something as WONDERFUL as having this AMAZING park free of admission, tisk tisk...

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A double!

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Leaving the park, there are a bunch of Date palms here, very lovely.

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Outdoor restaurant with date palms and foxtail palms

Keith 

Palmetto, Florida (10a) and Tampa, Florida (9b/10a)

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Royal Vs. Queen, Royal is winning

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Tall Royals

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Approaching the bridge

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On the bridge

Keith 

Palmetto, Florida (10a) and Tampa, Florida (9b/10a)

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The first thing you see when you get into Manatee county

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Very Tropical

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Back from trip, my spoils

Keith 

Palmetto, Florida (10a) and Tampa, Florida (9b/10a)

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This one seems to have the best chance of Germination. There is no green left on it anymore and it the one that fell naturally while I was there. They all have water in them though, so they all might germinate.

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I'm going to soak these for 3 days, changing the water daily. They all float, which is a good sign!

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This is where they will be for the next 3 days in water, I think I'll germinate them there too.

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Safely tucked away above the drier, that light is always on (it's fluorescent, and hard to reach, so no one ever turns it off...) and it's above the drier and in the garage, so it gets more heat than ambient temperature outside. I think they will have the best bet germinating there.

That's all folks! Hope you enjoyed!

Keith 

Palmetto, Florida (10a) and Tampa, Florida (9b/10a)

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Also, if you look closely at picture 4, post 3, you can see the coconut I knocked down in the process of falling down.

Keith 

Palmetto, Florida (10a) and Tampa, Florida (9b/10a)

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Excellent photos Keith. I used to go to Kopsick all the time to photograph palms, I love that place! The Jamaican Tall coconuts look great! Good luck germinating them.

Formerly Jeff in Costa Rica
 

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Excellent photos Keith. I used to go to Kopsick all the time to photograph palms, I love that place! The Jamaican Tall coconuts look great! Good luck germinating them.

Thanks! I plan to go at least once a month to check on those Jamaican tall coconuts, especially now I know I can knock ripe ones down with a baseball!

Keith 

Palmetto, Florida (10a) and Tampa, Florida (9b/10a)

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The fruits of my labour

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I manages to knock 2 down, and a third one fell while I was conversing with a man collecting seeds from a nearby fruiting sabal mauritiiformis.

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These are my favorite trees in the world. I wish LY hadn't have wiped so many out, these are hands down 1,000 times better than Malayan

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Great photo's Keith. I really enjoyed looking at so many nice palms. I need to make the trip to St. Pete someday and check this place out.

Ron

Wellington, Florida

Zone 11 in my mind

Zone 10a 9a in reality

13miles West of the Atlantic in Palm Beach County

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Aye!

You coulda climbed up them jokers islander style... (The talls)

You know them big Royals you were looking at on 275 going home... Those were the HaleyHouse Royals.

Good photos.

Thanks fer sharin'...

Brandon, FL

27.95°N 82.28°W (Elev. 62 ft)

Zone9 w/ canopy

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Keith, nice photos. This is a cool park I have never visted. Next time I'm up that way I now know that this little hot spot is a must see. BTW, Pic 3 of post 5 is Syagrus botryophora. Oh, and that Sabal lisa is freakin cool! I can't wait to get one of those as it is one of the only Sabals I really love also. Thanks for sharing.

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There would be one guy around here that would know Keith.

I think his name's Phil. I'd like to know if it IS or ISN'T one.

If it's not a B. alfredii, it's a darn coconut! :floor:

Brandon, FL

27.95°N 82.28°W (Elev. 62 ft)

Zone9 w/ canopy

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palm you asked for ID in post # 4 looks like syagrus botryophora.

"big palm" you asked for ID on looks like arenga pinnata.

since when is beccariophoenix" called "becky palm"???

great pix,zeeth.nice tour. where is the kopsick palm arboretum exactly,for those of us who arent locals?

the "prince of snarkness."

 

still "warning-free."

 

san diego,california,left coast.

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Ray, I was honestly thinking about climbing the coconuts, I've done it before (shorter trees though), but my mom didn't want me falling into the concrete, so the baseball worked just as well. When I saw those Royals I thought about your posts on the Haley house, but I wasn't sure whether or not it was. As to the B. alfredii, I'd like to see if anyone can chime in with if it is or not.

PiousPalms, I really like this park as well, now I have my new baseball method of getting coconuts down I think I'll try to go once a month or so

pohonkelapa, Thanks for the Id's, I thought the same thing about the Beccariophoenix. It says on the bottom that it's the windows form, so I wonder why it wasn't called the window palm, or something of the like. As to the location of the park, it is in St. Petersburg Fl, close to the St. Pete pier. It's north of me, so it gives me a pretty good idea of what will grow here and what won't.

Keith 

Palmetto, Florida (10a) and Tampa, Florida (9b/10a)

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