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Jun 11, 2015 6:50 AM CST
Name: John
Thibodaux, La. (Zone 9a)
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I have had this palm for many years and it keeps expanding, it started with just a few stalks and now I have a large clump. I would like to know the name, it just so happened it appears to have this flower. I am in zone 9, south Louisiana and we are getting a LOT of rain.

thanks for any help with this.

Anole
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Jun 11, 2015 8:35 AM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Hi John.
Look at the Palmettos, the Sabal palms. There are about 15 species within the genus, but yours looks like the ubiquitous Swamp Palmetto that lives all over coastal and wetland Louisiana.

http://www.loyno.edu/lucec/nat...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...
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Jun 11, 2015 8:59 AM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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Since you say you've had it growing there for years and it hasn't gotten real tall but rather wide, I wonder if it could be Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens)

http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/s...
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Jun 11, 2015 9:49 AM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Hi Lin.
Looking at the pics John posted, the petioles seem to be smooth rather than toothed. That would rule out Saw Palmetto. If you look at the next page of your link, it shows those mean little teeth.
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Jun 11, 2015 12:07 PM CST
Name: John
Thibodaux, La. (Zone 9a)
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I was thinking this was Rhapis excelsa, what to you think?

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Jun 11, 2015 12:38 PM CST
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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Rhapis excelsa looks correct to me, do the leaf tips separate?

http://idtools.org/id/palms/pa...

Flowers look correct ..

http://www.onlineplantguide.co...
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Jun 11, 2015 1:23 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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I used to have a large Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa) and didn't even think of that one. Green Grin!
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Jun 11, 2015 2:49 PM CST
Name: John
Thibodaux, La. (Zone 9a)
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Thanks everyone for the help. I do appreciate the links that were posted.

John
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