I thought this third shoot was going to be a new frond... Nope, another flowering shoot!!
Here is the first one.
Here is the second one!
And the third getting ready to open.
Nice! Looks like male and female flowers!
How can you tell? Will they do it and make a seedling?? Hehehe
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?
If it's a Chamaedorea (which it looks like) it's only one sex per plant.
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
OK I thought so, dioecious is the term for this. Cool word to know.
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:
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:
Male? (last one)
Your second pic of male... Coming out of sheath... Mine did the same thing. But they arent as big.
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.
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.