Voaniola's Freaky Heel

Discussion in 'PALM TREES - WHERE TROPICAL STARTS' started by Dypsisdean, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    This palm is still somewhat of a mystery in that it is so slow growing that none of any size are growing outside of habitat. If that is not the case, I sure would like to know. the largest one I have seen (in the Sullivan Garden) only came up to my waist.

    This one is about 10 years old (from seed) and is ready for the ground. I noticed it had developed this unique looking heel and thought I would try and document it for general interest or comments. Have any of you seen similar looking heels?
     

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  2. zeeth

    zeeth Active Member

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    huh... mine's got a heel, but I haven't really inspected it too much. 10 years from seed? man...
     
  3. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    Yep, it's crazy slow.

    I may be imagining things, but I'm thinking I may have seen a similar type heel (kind of a wrap around "cocoon" model) on a Becarriophoenix I had.
     
  4. ScotTi

    ScotTi Esteemed Member

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    You are not imagining things Dean, my Beccariophoenix madagascarienis has the same heel look.
     

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  5. BSMan

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    It looks like a Dypsis mixed with a Copernicia texture wise..

    PS- Ralph Velez had a big one in his greenhouse. I meant to ask him where he got it and how long he's had it...
     
  6. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    You lost me Bill. What do you mean? Thickness of the leafs, roughness/smoothness, or what? Have you been chewing on them? :)

    I haven't seen texture referred to in any of Dransfield's descriptions. :)
     
  7. BSMan

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    Dean, all of the larger Copernicia roots I've seen are really ugly/ malignant looking. Kinda like scrunched up rats tales.. mix those with a Dypsis heel.. Voila! err, I mean Voaniola!
     

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