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Sunday, 20 March 2005
Palm Trees and Parrots
Topic: In the News
the date palmApparently, Christian churches are amongst the largest consumers of palm trees, especially on Palm Sunday. Palm fronds, usually from the Date Palm, are handed out to every member of the congregation to commemorate the triumphant entrance of Jesus riding on the back of a donkey, into Jerusalem. So, I was surprised to come across this news item last night, Palm Sunday Pact for Parrot about an initiative in Columbia.

yellow-eared parrotApparently, there are only 540 or so yellow-eared parrots alive in the world today and they all live in the Colombian mountain forests. This is where the world's tallest palm tree, the Wax Palm, (Columbia's national tree) grows. For centuries, Colombians have used the fronds of the wax palm for Palm Sunday. However, when fronds are cut off young wax palms, they die or their growth is seriously stunted. The practice has led to a dramatic thinning of the towering palms, which in turn, affects the poor parrot living amongst them.

So, in a special ceremony in Bogota, a priest has blessed thousands of palm seedlings of the Alexandra palm - one of the alternatives to the wax palm. These will be planted for future Palm Sundays and, hopefully, this initiative will save the wax palm and the yellow-eared parrot from disappearing from the planet.

I knew about date palms, coconut palms and ornamental palms but I had never heard of the wax palm or the Alexandrian palm before, so it made me wonder how many varieties of palm trees there were. Would you believe that there are between 210-236 genera comprising some 2,000 to 2,500 species of palm trees?

Also, I thought palms were mainly tropical plants growing in desert oases or on sandy beaches on coral atolls. So, I was surprised to discover that the great majority grow in gloomy rainforests and perhaps never see the sun, certainly the young plants don't! Apparently, there are many species thriving a long way from the tropics, which actually prefer cool climates, and will happily thrive outdoors in temperature areas such as the United Kingdom. (So, you don't need a conservatory or a greenhouse after all!)

It seems that palm trees, which first evolved during the late Cretaceous period about 85 million years ago, must be one of the most successful and wide-ranging trees on the planet.

Posted by Noviomagus at 12:21 GMT Post Comment | View Comments (2) | Permalink

Wednesday, 23 March 2005 - 21:04 GMT

Name: doubledog

I love palm trees and wanted to plant at least one. Did hours of research. Found a reputable source and priced the tree I wanted at $300.00, not including shipping and planting. That slowed me up. Then one day I was in Walmart and looked in their garden room. There was my palm, an 8' tall specimen...for $6.00. Needless to say.....
This is the Chinese Fan Palm. It would do fine where you live, too. They are planted at the entrance to the Virginia Zoo at the end of 38th Street and last winter caused no damage to the trees. They develop over a long period of time. The problem is that the trunk is not what it appears but a bundle of stalks gradually bound together with little brown appendages so it looks like one trunk...all of which is a slow process.

After getting this "tree", I learned that the stuff growing between me and the neighboring yard is a messy row of needle palms. They, too, did fine last winter with no protection.

A gas station in Chesapeake has three huge palm trees at the corner; over the winter those trees were wrapped in insulation from bottom to top right up over the fronds. Very unattractive but no doubt they were extremely expensive and the station owner didn't want to take chances with his investment.

A home one block away from Lydia's house has an enormous palm in the back yard. They don't wrap it.

The other day at Sam's Club I found an 8' Majesty Palm for $11.00. This kind is considered unlikely to survive outdoors in Virginia, so it is here beside the computer watching me type. :-)

Thursday, 24 March 2005 - 00:20 GMT

Name: Tessa

I found a lot of information on varieties of palm trees listed on this page at, The Palm Centre, a UK firm. This Florida site also had a very interesting online Palm Encyclopedia. Should have put a link to it in my original post!

Ever since I visited The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, I have been particularly fascinated by the ancient cycads, the plant the herbivorous dinosaurs probably browsed, and by the palms. They are such a useful group of trees providing food like dates and coconuts and fibres for making things. Kew Gardens have a huge number of magnificent palm trees in the enormous Palm House and you can climb up the Victorian wrought iron stairs to view them face to frond, so to speak! (I once saw an extrememly interesting TV documentary on how that greenhouse was designed and built.)

Down our road, there is a Yucca plant dominating a tiny front garden, but outdoor palms are not so common. Some stores have potted ones they put outside in the summer and I have seen some growing in parks and on the sea front! I would love a palm tree but, unfortunately, our garden is much too small - we have some fruit trees and flowering shrubs and that's it. Also, half of it is completely overshadowed by an enormous walnut tree in nextdoor's back garden.

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