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Chamaerops No.33 Winter 1999
Special edition of Chamaerops
I would like to suggest that every member of the EPS send pictures
of the palms which they have planted outside to Martin Gibbons,
so that they can be published in a special edition.
Only palms which have some chance to survive in Central Europe (Trachycarpus,
Washingtonia, Phoenix etc.) should be published, and no extravagant
plants which need huge expenditures of protection in winter.
With every picture, the technical data should be briefly mentioned.
For instance: exact position (town, metres above sea level); date
and height at which it has been first planted out; present height;
male or female plant; first blossoming at a particular height; lowest
survived temperature, with or without damage; estimated age of the
plant and special tips. However, there should not be too much information,
or it would become too voluminous.
My aim is merely to have a collection of as many beautiful plants
as possible, with short information, in one publication. Its
always nice to show something like that to friends, especially when
one of the plants is your own. Maybe there are some particularily
nice pictures (illuminated at night, or decorated as a christmas
tree) which especially deserve to be published. I have some palms
in parks in my neighbourhood which almost nobody knows of.
As an alternative, a special homepage could be created, analogous
to this special edition, which could be continuously updated with
new pictures. If somebody wants some more information about a palm,
he or she could ask directly the owner via e-mail.
Bernd Schnell, Germany
Great idea! Your pictures will be published in
Here is my method to get palms safely through the
I take a large umbrella, cut bubble plastic to the right size and
fix it with a staplegun onto the umbrella (that means, on top of
it). Then I put the umbrella up and attach it with wire to the trunk
of the palm. Like this, no humiditiy from above (snow, rain, ice,
etc.) can find its way into the heart of the palm and its fronds
stay always bright green.
Hans-Peter Kölblin, Efringen-Kirchen, Germany
Trachycarpus squeezed out
It is my opinion, that since 1995, when I joined the EPS, even the
last bit of hardiness has been squeezed out of the poor Trachycarpus,
and countless Rapidophyllum and Sabal rotted away in european gardens
(two or three in my garden too).
Unless anybody comes along with reports on genetically manipulated
palms, the subject has been treated quite comprehensively, and even
such mutations would be rather questionable news.
On the contrary I always take very much pleasure in articles treating
a specific variety of palm or introducing a botanical garden. I
would like to mention especially the following reports: Saving an
Endangered palm (Ch. No 30), Costa del Chamaerops (Ch. No 27), Land
of the Long White Cloud (Ch. No 26), Thrinax morrisii (Ch. No 25),
A Himlayan Phoenix (Ch. No 23), etc.
If in course of time I can gain the necessary specialized knowledge,
maybe I myself can write such articles. Till then I for myself am
much more interested in a Clinostigma in the tropical mountain forest
than in a Trachycarpus in the Harz which has just about escaped
Heinrich Böhm, Bremen, Germany
Trachycarpus wagnerianus with stripes
Some weeks ago I sowed a lot of Trachycarpus wagnerianus seeds and
got a great germination rate of nearly 100 %. All seedlings are
growing very well and fast, but there was one mystirious seedling
among them. This one leaf seedling shows a broad white-yellowish
stripe on one side, from the top to the base. I never saw this before.
It looks like the stripes on the leaves of a Rhapis excelsa Variegata.
Has anyone seen something like that before? Please contact me -
Jörg Schumann, Röhrsdorf, Germany
This discoloration is indeed a variegation like
in the Rhapis excelsa you mentioned, normally induced by a virus
or genetic aberration. It can occurr in virtually any palm species
though I have not yet seen it in Trachycarpus wagnerianus. This
could grow into a very attractive plant! T.S.
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