Chamaerops No.35-36

Summer-Autumn Special Edition 1999

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Trekking 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.

In 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.

Trachycarpus 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.

Trachycarpus 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!

Trachycarpus 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.

Trachycarpus 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.

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