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Palms and Cycads: Geonoma? Chamaedorea? or...?

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suzanne_cook
victoria
Canada

November 26, 2011
10:15 AM

Post #8906452

Growing in rain forest, south east Chiapas, MX, at approx. 825 m elevation. Leaves used for roof thatch. The people say it has red fruits, and reddish growing tip (?). It grows in the "hills" (not in inundated, flat land). The bifid leaves and thecorrogated appearance of the blades suggest to me it is a geonoma. Apparently only G. interrupta grows in the area (Henderson et. al. 1995). Anbd this species shown here doesn't resemble G. interrupta. So I was wondering what else it could--a kind of Chamaedorea? Something else?



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tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

November 26, 2011
4:51 PM

Post #8906906

When palms are young and growing in a shaded place they can appear quite different to the adults. I don't have access to much information on Geonoma but from the photos I've seen Geonoma interrupta would be a good possibility. If you want to find out for definite try the IPS website (www.palmtalk.org/forum/), someone there will be able to give you an answer straight away.
suzanne_cook
victoria
Canada

November 26, 2011
9:22 PM

Post #8907272

OK. Thank you, noonamah:)

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


November 27, 2011
8:09 PM

Post #8908459

not a Chamaedorea I think... Geonoma more likely.
suzanne_cook
victoria
Canada

November 29, 2011
8:42 AM

Post #8910232

Thanks palmbob,
Can you tell me why you think it is Geonoma? Is the red red fruit and growing tip (perhaps sheath) a characteristic of a specific Geonoma?

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


November 29, 2011
8:50 AM

Post #8910242

leaves look typical of many Geonoma species... I don't know much about their fruits but tons of palms (GEonomas, Chamaedoreas etc.) have red fruits.
suzanne_cook
victoria
Canada

November 29, 2011
3:39 PM

Post #8910615

OK. Thanks, again palmbob. By the way, I enjoy reading your website. Lots there.
S

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