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Calling MattyB - The ID King

Discussion in 'PALM TREES - WHERE TROPICAL STARTS' started by Dypsisdean, May 27, 2011.

  1. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    So Matty,

    Is this just a D. baronii? It is one of those I believe that Jungle Music offered as D. ambo. From what I remember, most D. baronii had lost most of the red at this stage. What is your professional opinion?

    Anyone else have an opinion?
     

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  2. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Dean,

    It looks like Dypsis baronii. Just don't refer to me as the ID Queen,ok?
     
  3. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    So, off topic Searle - what did you think about that last Survivor??? I still can't believe they haven't picked you yet. :)
     
  4. MattyB

    MattyB Moderator

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    That does look like the clumper that came in as Dypsis ambositrae. It loves full, all day sun, even from a 1 gallon size plant. It's the fastest clumping Dypsis you can grow, by far! It will loose it's color and will have white powdery crownshafts with the powder stopping at the bottom of the crownshaft, with smooth olive green trunks with internodes so far apart it basically looks like bamboo. Crazy fast! Set it out in sun now and it'll be 10 feet tall in 3 years. I'll get a pic of mine tonight. Here's the before pic of it planted as a 1 gallon plant exactly 3 years ago.
     

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  5. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    So what are you calling it? And don't say a Moderate Clumping Dypsis from the High Plateau.
     
  6. MattyB

    MattyB Moderator

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    For lack of a better way to accurately describe it I'm calling it the clumping palm that came in as Ambositrae which obviously isn't. Rolls off the tongue.

    Here's some pics of the ones I'm growing. The first one I planted performed so well I put another one in the ground last Summer. This plant was in a 6" pot (1/2 gallon) and I put it out in full sun in Summer. It's all aclimated now and will really start to take off.
     

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  7. MattyB

    MattyB Moderator

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    Here is what it'll look like in only 3 years. This is the plant that I posted in post #4 above. It's about 7 feet tall overall now.
     

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  8. MattyB

    MattyB Moderator

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    Here's something to consider though. Other people have mentioned clumping Dypsis that they purchased as Dypsis amobsitrae that aren't this palm. The ones that turned out like this are the ones from Jungle Music's stock. Palm Mountain, Kevin Weaver, etc. stock seem to be different. So I suspect that the seed dealers were 'cutting' their supposedly Dypsis ambo seed, for a while, with some other stuff they found since Dypsis ambositrae is harder to find. Just a theory.
     
  9. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    Yes, I'm aware of that "other" Ambo. I believe those are the palms that are in one of the pics in the Marcus Mini Tour thread.

    But your palm looks great. I guess I'll put mine in the place where I ripped out that D. lutescens. :)
     
  10. MattyB

    MattyB Moderator

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    Don't worry DeanO, I'll take that 'D. lut.' you ripped out if you need to find it a good home.

    I really like the contrast between the white crownshafts and the smooth green trunks on this one. Usually the powder extends down the trunk but for some reason on this species it dosen't.
     

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