Twin Spears

Discussion in 'PALM TREES - WHERE TROPICAL STARTS' started by Moose, Jan 21, 2015.

  1. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Twin spear leaves of Satakentia liukiuensis. This palm is often seen with two spears. As the older spear opens, the other holds until until the next spear catches up.

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    Some decent coloring found on the crown shaft.
     
  2. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    I'm glad to see that on someone else's Sata. I have had mine do this consistently over the years - sometimes even having 3 or 4 spears in a flush reminiscent of a cycad. I had been told it's a lack of water and other things. But the palms look normal after opening all of the "flush," and it seems to happen at the same time of year - right around now.

    Moose - your palm is a bit larger than mine, and I have been disappointed that the crownshafts on all three of mine are still just a green color. Do you recall if yours has always had color, or if has gained more as it has gotten larger?
     
  3. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    Here is mine a couple of years ago - but they have done the same every year.
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  4. Moose

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    Dean - believe that the crown shaft coloring has increased with age. As far as yours getting multiple spikes, I don't see any downside as long as the spear leaves open and look "normal". My palm has really started cranking in the last couple of years. Liberating a frond from the stem was an event, now its a a not again as while schlepping it to the trash bin. One thing I really love about this palm is the frond will be totally green and three days later be all brown and ready to be pulled away from the crownshaft. Not a very long transition time, when the fronds functionality has ceased, quick ejection follows.

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