Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Licuala grandis

Licuala grandis is the name of this very popular palm, which is originally from the Soloman Islands. I say "popular" because occasionally I give friends a palm and when I let them choose, they make a beeline to Licuala grandis. The result is that I only have four left! I'm not sure how many of these palms are in this region of the Amazon. Not many, that's for sure. Mine are from seeds received from palm collector, Ricardo Assis in Rio de Janeiro, in September of 2003. The only other ones I've seen are at the airport in Belém. I look forward to the day when these licualas produce fruit. Even though the palms don't get more than three meters high, they produce long stems of bright orange/red fruit.

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