on the Trachycarpus Trail Martin Gibbons
The most confusing member of the genus, but in fact well defined
and easily differentiated. From a tiny area in northern India, now
all but exterminated in the wild.
Search of Trachycarpus nanus Martin Gibbons & Tobias W. Spanner
Unlikely to be confused with any other species as it does not grow
a trunk. Becoming rare in the wild due to the predation of goats,
it may have to rely on cultivation for its survival.
martianus Martin Gibbons & Tobias W. Spanner
Very common in the wild, inexplicably rare in cultivation. Until
we set our sights on it, that is. Now it's beginning to appear all
over the place.
princeps - The Stone Gate Palm Martin Gibbons & Tobias W. Spanner
Ah, T. princeps! Perhaps the most beautiful in the genus, also the
least accessible, and least likely to come into cultivation. Well,
something to dream of for the future, and the pictures are nice!
oreophilus - The Thai Mountain Fan Palm Martin Gibbons & Tobias W. Spanner
Restricted to a tiny area in N. Thailand, it's turned out to be
as difficult to collect good seeds as it is to germinate them. May
be a while before this one is available at your local garden centre.
latisectus - The Windamere Palm Martin Gibbons & Tobias W. Spanner
'Broad leaf segments' is the uninspiring translation of its name.
However, it's a beautiful species, difficult in its early years,
but well worth persevering with.