Ptychosperma waitianum

Discussion in 'PALM TREES - WHERE TROPICAL STARTS' started by Moose, Nov 20, 2014.

  1. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Newly emergent red leaf

    Ptychosperma waitianum 1.JPG Ptychosperma waitianum 2.JPG Ptychosperma waitianum 3.JPG
     
  2. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    Nice MooseMan - definitely one of the nicer Ptychospermas. I might add that there was a lot of confusion in prior years about the true ID of this palm, and it was often confused with P. burretianum.
     
  3. kwtimo

    kwtimo Well-Known Member

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    Ron, nice pics. Definitely one of my favorite Ptychosperma. They work very well with my space limitations down here in the Keys. These newly flushed leaves really make a statement. I always tell people to keep their patience hat on with this species though, they are quite slow growing. Dean, I thought that P. burretianum was more of a solitary or less clumping palm, kind of like Dypsis pembana is to Dypsis cabadae.
     
  4. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    Darn,
    I know I answered this earlier, but I must have got sidetracked and forgot to click "Post Reply."

    Tim,
    I can't remember which one is less clumping, but I do know that one of them was stated as solitary for quite some time in one of the books. This caused a lot of confusion. I think it wa P. burretianum that is less clumping. And if you do see them side by side there is a difference in the crownshaft area if you know what to look for. I think P. burretianum has more black fuzz. But both exhibit that nice new red leaf and are great palms.
     

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