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RIP Alfred Razafindratsira

BS Man about Palms

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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.


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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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It's sad to hear about this loss.  I had the opportunity to meet Alfred briefly on a short trip that I made to Madagascar a couple of years ago with Len.  It's great to know that his name will live on in the plant world thanks to the naming of Beccariophenix for him.  

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