palms in and around sicily

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  1. Ninja

    Ninja Well-Known Member

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    I was just on vacation in Sicily and Liparian Islands and brought home some souvenirs... DSC01383.JPG
    The seeds in the lower part are phoenix dactylifera, phoenix canariensis, trachycarpus fortunei (at leas I hope so..) and chrysalidocarpus
    however I don't know about the seeds in the upper part, I'll post pictures of the palms I collected them from/under, I hope some of you can help me identifying those.
    the tiny black ones in the middle could be washingtonia?

    the ones in the upper right corner are from a palm next to Catania Airport:
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    fruits were green to black, about half an inch large, the cleaned seeds look like miniature coconuts

    the five seeds in the upper left corner are from this one - the leaves looked a bit silvery, the fruits were yellow and quite fleshy (probably you could eat them??)
     

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  2. Ninja

    Ninja Well-Known Member

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    one more - any idea on that one?
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  3. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    Hey Nina - good finds.

    The first pic is of a Queen Palm.
    The second - you were right, you can eat them and make good jelly. It is even called a Jelly Palm.
    The last one looks to me like a Sabal. There are several species and it would be hard to tell exactly from the pics. But you could look in Palmpedia under Sabal and see if any look familiar.
     
  4. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    There are lots of cycads around Sicily as well.
     
  5. Ninja

    Ninja Well-Known Member

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    There are so so many nice plants there its unbelievable... the side strips of the highways are full with oleander and hibiscus, it's growing like weed there
    @Dean - thanks a lot for the information, that's really cool!!! I hope some of the seeds will grow...:jiggy:
     
  6. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    I know another island with some nice plants you should visit soon as well. ;)
     
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  7. Ninja

    Ninja Well-Known Member

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    Holiday plans are in the making!!!Joyful
    In the meantime the holiday palms are coming along nicely, here's an overeager Trachycarpus (which actually makes me doubt it's a Trachycarpus..)
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  8. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    That's what I heard. :hoe&rake

    From what I can see, it looks like a Trachy.
     

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