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Dec 1, 2021 6:01 PM CST
Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Wintertime surprise

The Burmese fishtail palm in the local conservatory had a lavish display of buds and blooms to brighten a January day.


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Dec 1, 2021 6:42 PM CST
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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How unusual! I thought palms didn't have flowers in the normal "decorative" sense. Is the yellow structure the flower?
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Dec 1, 2021 8:08 PM CST
Name: Kristi
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What a lovely, lush banner. I would have never guessed this ID. Nice banner.
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Dec 1, 2021 8:14 PM CST
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Lovely detail. Nice cascading effect. Thumbs up
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Dec 1, 2021 9:13 PM CST
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A very pleasant surprise at that......you've enlightened us again. Just a gorgeous banner.
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Dec 2, 2021 4:24 AM CST
Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Here's the source photo, which will probably answer @lauriemorningglory's question without me spelling it out. Yes, the yellow specks are the tiny flowers, and the purple blobs are, I assume, the bud casings. The panicle, or whatever the correct botanical term for the bunch of blooms is, was high enough up that I couldn't get a close enough look to be absolutely sure. Later today I'll search out a photo of the fruit that forms, for those who have never had the pleasure of seeing this type of palm.

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Dec 2, 2021 9:37 AM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Superb banner Elizabeth!
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Dec 2, 2021 11:17 AM CST
Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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The fruit forms as dark blue-black berrylike structures. I don't know if they are true berries. They fall off and leave behind dried stems with notches where the berries once were. Those broom-like bunches of dried stems stay on the tree for a long time, years in fact.

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Dec 2, 2021 12:05 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Wondering if those succulent looking berries were edible,
I found this cautionary article. Whistling

But makes a great banner. Thumbs up
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Dec 2, 2021 12:41 PM CST
Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Thanks for the link about fishtail palm toxicity, @EscondidoCal. I've only seen two specimens. Both were indoors, in conservatories. In both cases the blooms occurred far enough off the ground that they posed no temptation, and hence no danger, to adults, much less children or dogs. Cats, maybe.
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Dec 2, 2021 1:07 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
"Cats, maybe." Rolling on the floor laughing

And aardvarks. Smiling
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Dec 2, 2021 6:39 PM CST
Name: Zoia Bologovsky
Stoneham MA (Zone 6a)
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Beautiful palm, Elizabeth, I've never seen anything like that one! A great banner choice! Hurray! Hurray!
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Dec 2, 2021 10:41 PM CST
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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Cal's link explains why I've never heard of palm berry pie! Hilarious!
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