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So What Caught Your Eye Today?


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Not up to snuff for the " best in show " thread -to me anyway-, and barely good enough ( Compared to my usual Photographic standards ) for this thread, but, tossing it in to show an example of something many folks would never associate w/ a place that experiences " 100++F " heat for ~up to~ 6 months out of the year..   Almost as rare as that frozen white stuff that sometimes tries to creep downhill into parts of the valley this time of year.

Awakening to seeing everything  shrouded in misty, drippy ..and strangely mild.. dense Fog could convince someone that they were almost anywhere else, other than Central Arizona..  San Diego?,  San Fran.?  ...A misty, Orchid and Bromeliad - filled mountaintop in either Mexico, Central, or S.  America perhaps??   Not this morning..  1.10" of rain, followed by perfect conditions for formation following that nice soaking can do that,  even a few miles from hell  ...A local, inside joke. 

Raven " Photo bomb " in the last shot adds a little extra mystique to the scene on a very un- desert-like,  misty, dew-y, morning  ...in the desert.

Not 100% satisfied w/ the shots, but,  ..I'll live, lol.


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Hi,

When I opened the curtains on this Christmas Day I noticed a fallen off boot of my (seed grown) D. album var. aureum.

So I went out to pick it up and of course glanced at the palm...

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Not as beautiful as those in the other Dictyosperma album thread - but it is doing its thing and grows and grows...

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I went closer and...

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...that is a nice Christmas present...!🎅😀

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The spathe looks quite interesting - let"s see how this story goes on. 

 

Merry Christmas to everyone!🌟

 

Lars

 

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5 hours ago, Tracy said:

Pritchardia maideniana pushing out winter inflorescens.

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Nice Tracy, I’ll be planting one soon that I’ve grown from seed from Punaluu beach here. 

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7 hours ago, Tracy said:

Pritchardia maideniana pushing out winter inflorescens.

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Looks like an ideal spot Tracy, just right.

Good going Jason, I’ve got a P. martii seedling with your name one it. 

Tim

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Hilo, Hawaii

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I was in the Bognor / Worthing area of East Sussex yesterday and was able to snap a few palm pictures, in the limited amount of time that I had available. There is a squirrel in the photo below on the left, next to the CIDP.

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Dry-summer Oceanic climate (9a)

Average annual precipitation - 18.7 inches : Average annual sunshine hours - 1725

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This Archontophoenix alexandrae is a bit different from most of the other forms/variations growing locally.  Very tight leaflets and does not suffer from much wind damage...only the oldest leaf is starting to get ratty...and it has that tight Houailouensis look about it!  It catches my eye every day on the way to work.

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Gold Coast, Queensland Latitude 28S. Mild, Humid Subtropical climate. Rainfall - not consistent enough!

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On 12/26/2023 at 10:02 PM, realarch said:

Looks like an ideal spot Tracy, just right.

Good going Jason, I’ve got a P. martii seedling with your name one it. 

Tim

Thanks Tim! Gives me a good reason to stop by your place soon

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Howeas caught my eye here in Lisbon, Portugal. Maybe they are not the rare palms we usually like to see, but they are one of my top favorite palms. Back home they will not grow like this in our hot summers. Only in some good shade.

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These Adonidias seem to be quite happy...saw them today on my way to the park.

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Gold Coast, Queensland Latitude 28S. Mild, Humid Subtropical climate. Rainfall - not consistent enough!

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3 hours ago, Daryl said:

These Adonidias seem to be quite happy...saw them today on my way to the park.

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They look fantastic 

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On 12/23/2023 at 11:45 AM, Hilo Jason said:

First morning in a week that it was not raining. These big Chrysalidocarpus / Dypsis definitely caught my eye

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Can you remind me of the names? I’m a huge  fan of your “big boy” Chrysalidocarpus (Dypsis) collection..

Stacey Wright  |  Graphic Designer

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On 12/23/2023 at 9:26 AM, John hovancsek said:

Bactris millitaris. Thing is starting to look good

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Is that a Dransfeldii next to the tree?

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20 hours ago, iDesign said:

Can you remind me of the names? I’m a huge  fan of your “big boy” Chrysalidocarpus (Dypsis) collection..

Sure!  On the left with the white crownshaft is Hovomantsina and not quite sure about the big one on the right that has yet to form a trunk. It was bought as “Tsarovasitra ?”  It looks similar to Robusta but is larger than any Robusta I have personally seen or grown at this stage. A friend of mine commented the other day that if it’s Robusta then it’s “Robusta variation Robust”, hah! 

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4 hours ago, Hilo Jason said:

Sure!  On the left with the white crownshaft is Hovomantsina and not quite sure about the big one on the right that has yet to form a trunk. It was bought as “Tsarovasitra ?”  It looks similar to Robusta but is larger than any Robusta I have personally seen or grown at this stage. A friend of mine commented the other day that if it’s Robusta then it’s “Robusta variation Robust”, hah! 

That Robusta is definitely living up to its name! I have a small Floribunda one that I’m still debating whether to give a spot (have to make some hard choices soon). I’m watching updates from @Tracy to see how his does. I love the Hawaii ones, but other than Tracy’s nice one, have heard they struggle in CA. Hard to decide, especially since it would need one of the few prime spots. 🤔

My Hovomantsina on the other hand is a “must have” palm for me, which I bought at a larger size. Yours has changed quite a lot from earlier pics! Both looks are stunning though. 🥰

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9 hours ago, iDesign said:

That Robusta is definitely living up to its name! I have a small Floribunda one that I’m still debating whether to give a spot (have to make some hard choices soon). I’m watching updates from @Tracy to see how his does. I love the Hawaii ones, but other than Tracy’s nice one, have heard they struggle in CA. Hard to decide, especially since it would need one of the few prime spots. 🤔

My Hovomantsina on the other hand is a “must have” palm for me, which I bought at a larger size. Yours has changed quite a lot from earlier pics! Both looks are stunning though. 🥰

I killed several Robusta when I lived in Fallbrook.  Tracy's looks amazing, gotta be one of the best in California.  I'm curious if this one really is Robusta or not.  

Hovomantsina are one of my personal favorites.  I like how they change as they mature.  They start out very upright and then spread out more as they get larger and the leaflets go irregular / almost plumose as well.  Really great palm!  

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Today it caught my eye that some people fully unroll new leaves at ground level and then start rising.  

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Just some random winter time back yard pictures I took this afternoon. First nice day in a while; it has been cool, cloudy and rainy this winter here so far. Not sure my two coconuts like it much and I about down to one adonidia now but the latest one dying had started to die this summer from disease.

 

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Parrish, FL

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1 hour ago, John hovancsek said:

Everyone’s favorite 

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Looking great there John!

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This Chrysalidocarpus caught my eye today and my wife caught a picture of the moment. Bought it as “Malcomberi hybrid”, but looking like Prestoniana to me. Going to be a big palm!  Growing fast - planted from a 7 gallon pot about 2 years ago. 
 

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Flowers open ready for pollination.   Another Burretiokentia hapala with flowers open was inundated with bees when it was warmer earlier in the day.  I failed to capture a picture of the pollators in action though. 

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33.0782 North -117.305 West  at 72 feet elevation

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Great little understory palms. Asterogyne martiana.

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Hi,

many years ago I planted out a young Dypsis (Chrysalidocarpus) pembana, presented it shortly after that here on pt

because I was excited of its phenomenal growth rate - but within 30mins. or so someone here identified it as 

an Alexander palm... - which was a kind of set back since I was so sure that I had a Pembana palm planted out there.

However, years went on and I started to accept the fact that I was probably wrong, until I had to take out a 

E. guineensis (African oil palm) last fall because its already several feet long leaves always broke early during

a typhoon and then soon skeletonized. The thorn like remaining leaflet's base made it worse when the still attached

(skeletonized) leaves lashed around like a whip (during a typhoon) and damaged other plants/palms close by significantly.

After editing the oil palm the surroundig plants started to get much more sun than before and something "caught my eye today".

Never looked at "that one"with interest because it was probably one of the countless Christmas palms I had planted out when 

I started with the garden but something let me look at it a bit longer than usual...

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I am not 100% sure but I think this is the Pembana palm I have planted out - not far away from the Alexander palm which I had posted 

by mistake at that time.

It would be nice to have this one positively IDed as a Pembana - so if someone might take a look at it (again) -

it would help to "solve a cold case".

 

Sry for the long story -

Lars

 

 

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