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ruffel ruffel at bonsmtp.ksc.nasa.gov
Fri May 26 14:14:48 EST 1995

In article <3q4lp6$rm at niven.ksc.nasa.gov>, neil.yorio-1 at ksc.nasa.gov (Neil Yorio) says:
>In article <3q0o1t$274q at usenetp1.news.prodigy.com>, HRYU76B at prodigy.com (J Fenix) says:
>>I have a palm tree in Northwest Florida that seems to be blooming. I've 
>>never seen a palm blossom before. The palm is squatty, with fronds that 
>>grow up and out like an umbrella. The blossom comes from a leaf-like 
>>growth that opens to reveal a spindly, spikey looking branch with small 
>>nut-like buds. Its yellow and red. My questions are...what kind of palm...
>>and can the buds be propogated to produce palm plants. Thanks for any 
>>help you can provide.
>It appears that you have a Jelly (or Pindo) palm, scientific name
>is Butia capitata.  It should have bluish-green leaves that are 
>feather-like in appearance.  It is native to Argentina and is very
>cold-hardy (a clue as to why it is in Northwest Florida).  Maximum height 
>usually is about 15 feet.  The blossom (inflorescence)that you describe
>comes out of a "spathe", and contains both male and female flowers.  The
>male flowers are open and disseminating pollen immediately, while the 
>female flowers are closed (the nut-like buds are the female flowers).  If
>there is another Jelly palm close by, you should get pollenation of the
>female flowers.  Also, if there are more than one inflorescence on the
>same tree, then you can get pollenation that way, since the male and
>female flowers on the same inflorescence are not open at the same time.
>If pollenated, then the female flowers will turn into seeds that are
>about 1 inch long, and yellowish-orange when ripe.  When they fall off
>the tree, clean the fruit off the inner hard seed, and let air dry
>(about 2 days).  Then store in a plastic bag with some moist sphagnum 
>moss of vermiculite for about 3 more months.  At this point, sow the 
>seeds under about a half inch of soil, and you should have seedlings
>in a few more months.  They grow slowly, so be patient.  I have a jelly
>palm in my yard (East coast, central Florida) and I am cross-pollenating
>it with other species of palms (Syagrus schyzophylla and
>S. romanzoffiana) to produce hybrids.  Good luck, and let me know how
>it works!!!  

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Lisa :)

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