Palm now has 3 flowering shoots!

tifflj(6 Pitts, PA)December 5, 2012

I thought this third shoot was going to be a new frond... Nope, another flowering shoot!!

Here is the first one.

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tifflj(6 Pitts, PA)

Here is the second one!

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 12:55PM
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tifflj(6 Pitts, PA)

And the third getting ready to open.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 12:57PM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Nice! Looks like male and female flowers!

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 1:31PM
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tifflj(6 Pitts, PA)

How can you tell? Will they do it and make a seedling?? Hehehe

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 1:34PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Cool, obvious sign of growth! If they are on the same tree (assumption,) I don't think they can be both male and female, or am I confused?

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 2:21PM
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tropicbreezent

If it's a Chamaedorea (which it looks like) it's only one sex per plant.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 3:39AM
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rina_

tiff

Do you have proper ID for this palm? What about overall photo? I think you had a post somwhere about it, not sure...Thanks. Rina

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 8:23AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

OK I thought so, dioecious is the term for this. Cool word to know.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 10:38AM
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tifflj(6 Pitts, PA)

Palm pic

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 4:51PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Mine trees are making balls, too. Now that I know to examine them, they are different. Tiff, I think yours is a female. The female flowers are more of a ball, and closer to the trunk in general.

I think these are female flowers:

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 3:22PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

The male flowers are on a longer thing, and kind of come out of a sheath, the balls are much smaller.

I think the following pics are males:

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 3:23PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Male?

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 3:24PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Male?

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 3:25PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Male? (last one)

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 3:26PM
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tifflj(6 Pitts, PA)

Your second pic of male... Coming out of sheath... Mine did the same thing. But they arent as big.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 3:50PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Hmm... didn't notice how different your 2 pics are until just now.

I wonder if it's a hermaphrodite (where a dioecious plant makes both female and male flowers) presentation, see page 8, last paragraph.

Your tree really looks like it's making both.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 4:20PM
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marguerite_gw

tifflj, when they bloom, please let us know if the flowers have a scent in the evening? I discovered this feature of the flowers on a palm I owned a few years ago, a parlour palm like yours. The palm we have now hasn't yet flowered and we are so curious! It produced a flowering stem which inexplicably damped off, about two years ago. Patience needed.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 4:23PM
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