New Year Quiz Answers
Finally, the answers to our quiz!
Chamaerops No.34 Spring 1999
Congratulations to all members who entered the quiz
Apologies are due to all readers of the German edition
which contained 21 questions instead of 20! Your question 10 (Musa)
must have seemed confusing because there was in fact no correct
answer and it was taken from a cancelled specimen draft which was
not meant to be printed! Please therefore ignore this 'question'
as it will not affect the scores.
Most of the questions were reasonably straightforward
but 5 in particular did cause a few problems and these have been
marked with an asterix (*) and further explanation is given.
So here are the answers:
1. C: Robinson Crusoe Island
2. B: Olea europea
3. Trachycarpus nanus
4. Nerium oleander
5. D: Chamaerops humilis
6. B: Fig (Ficus carica)
7. X Butiagrus nabonnandii
9. Gevuina avellana
10. C: Cocos nucifera
11. C: Ravenea musicalis
12. * A: Delonix regia can succeed very well in the warmer areas
of the Mediterranean providing the temperature in winter does not
fall below about 5°C.
13. D: Lambertia seeds are sometimes sold as curios in New South
Wales. The horned seeds look like a weird animal.
14. Medemia argun
15. A: Brahea edulis (logic rather than local knowledge provides
16. * B: The question stated that only a small quantity of NPK fertilizer
caused the problem described. Nitrate (N) or Potash (K) would not
be responsible. Australian soils are often very low in Phosphates
(P) and the symptoms described are typical of Phosphate poisoning.
17. * A: Only one competitor got this right (well done Chris Hawkins
of West Sussex). Meyer's lemon is widely cultivated commercially
around the world but it bruises so very easily that it is only sold
to the local markets and never makes it to northern Europe; it does
not travel well.
18. * Sophora secundifolia (Texas Mountain Laurel). This was the
only question that no one could answer! Many readers suggested various
Solanums. Other suggestions included Heliotropium, Tibouchina and
Iochroma. However, S. secundiflora is the only shrub/small tree
that has violet coloured flowers AND a perfume. (S. arizonica is
smaller and very similar but whether it is a separate species or
a form, The Fox is not qualified to give an opinion). Rated Zone
8 and capable of tolerating frosts even at a fairly young stage
it is a mystery why this lovely plant is not more widely grown.
19.* C: White/cream! The question stated 'a very colourful Bougainvillea'.
Most of the colour in Bougainvillea is due to the surrounding BRACTS
and not the flowers which are usually white or cream.
20. Trithrinax campestris
Congratulations to the two joint winners, each with
- Denis Hayward from Kentisbeare UK, and
- Chris Tapp from Newton Abbot, UK.
It was interesting to note that German entrants tended
to score higher on Palms (and after all, this is a palm magazine!)
but UK readers scored higher on non-palm exotics. The Netherlands
were represented very ably by Frits Klaarenbeek who scored well
into double figures, but where were our many Mediterranean members?
The questions should surely have been perfect for them; were the
questions too easy or what?!
Thanks again to all respondents, your replies and
letters have been really fascinating, proof indeed that there is
a wealth of knowledge, talent and enthusiasm in the European Palm
20-01-21 - 12:47GMT
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