Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Palm Curtain

The Garfield Park Conservatory has what they think is the world's largest Double Coconut Palm growing under glass. They grew it from seed, which weighs 50 pounds, in 1959 -- making this plant 50 years old this year. The Double Coconut Palm is only found in nature in the Seychelle Islands, off the coast of southern Africa.

1 comment:

TOG said...

The Double Coconut Palm (Lodoicea maldivica) will grow in Coral Gables. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden have some growing in the garden. I know some growing in private gardens. I have seen the seed and they are usually less then 10 or 15 pounds.
While that is the largest single seed, I grow the Talipot palm and it produces one flower stem and dies after 40 to 70 years. The stem has thousands of flowers and one stem full of seeds can be more then a 1000 pounds. My blog of Sept.5,08 has a picture of my Talipot.