Category: Palms and Cycads

Rare & Unusual Tropical Trees & Plants, Flowering, Fruit, Native, Palm, Bamboo, Heliconia, Hummingbird, Butterfly

Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)

The term ‘Bamboo Palm’ has been applied to several palm species because of their resemblance to genuine bamboo. What each of the ersatz bamboos features in common is multiple smooth stems interrupted by horizontal rings. Over time Chamaedorea seifrizii probably has been the most frequently-cited and dependable of the so-called Bamboo Palms. Chamaedorea is a…
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May 6, 2017 0

Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa)

Almost everyone, whether a plant lover or not, knows the Lady Palm — if not by name, at least by sight — for it is one of the most successful indoor palms in use. Because of its easy adaptability to low light and dry air, it graces interior landscapes in containers of all sizes at malls, offices, hotels and airports.…
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April 16, 2017 0

Some Interesting Palms for Your Garden

Richard Lyons’ Nursery is proud to carry a good selection of plants across a broad group of families. Even though our emphasis is on flowering trees and shrubs and fruit trees, we also enjoy growing a number of interesting palm species. Here are thumbnail sketches of some of the palms we currently have at the…
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February 5, 2016 0

The palm from . . . where?

To say that Dypsis cabadae has taken a long, tortuous path to discovery would be a major understatement. Superficially, it appeared that the species was first found in the early 1950s in the garden of a Dr. Cabada near Cienfuegos, Cuba, but it could not be identified. After Cabada’s death, the director of Harvard University’s nearby Atkins Garden…
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April 18, 2015 0

The Clumping Ptychospermas

Of the palms suitable to cultivation in southern Florida, the genus Ptychosperma is among the most successful.  Its 30 or so species are Asian in origin, native mostly to New Guinea and Australia.  Though they’re primarily rain forest species, some, such as the ubiquitous Solitaire Palm (Ptychosperma elegans), have proven successful in sunny exposures.  A few species are single-stemmed,…
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December 26, 2014 0