Palms, tropicals, and animals of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula

statenislandpalm7a(7a)March 6, 2011

I went to mexico recently and i made sure to take lots of pics for the forumn.

There are over 75 pictures

----------------------Palms------------------------------

Sabal Yupa and or Sabal Mauritiiformis

my favorite beach front. The green trunk is really interesting

clean trunk

shade grown huge leaves

no trunk

seedling

Thrinax radiata Sea Thatch palm

This was the most common palm i saw

growing on an island

leaning over the water

group of them

ocean front

looks like a windmill palm when young

growing through the roof

on a rock

night pic

with boots

tall one

Coconuts

leaning trunk

beach of them

healthy one

Bamboo palm

in flower

biggest one

wild

Bottle Palm

Phoenix CIDP and roebelenii

Royal Palm

Christmas palm

with fruit

Areca palm

Lady Palm

Mystery palm seedling

Im exhausted now so tommorow i will post more pics of the tropicals flowers and animals

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tropicalzone7(7b)

Awesome pictures! It looks like Thrinax palms are very popular in Mexico! Did you see any Washingtonias in that part of Mexico (I know that they are naturally found much farther north (right along the US/Mexican Border).
It looks like you had a great time down in the tropics!
Thanks for sharing!
Looking forward to seeing some more pics!
-Alex

    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 12:38AM
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tropicpalms

very nice pics looks like you went to xel ha? is that where mant of the pics were taken? south of playa del carmen/ couzmel? super nice pics love them and cant wait for more. do u have any more pics with out the palms? i know it sounds weird just of the area i havent been in 3 years and miss it! -Justin in Vb

    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 9:45AM
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jimhardy

Nice,must have been great to see so many palms
in a nice warm setting!

    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 10:36AM
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statenislandpalm7a(7a)

Alex yes the thrinax are the most common native palms.
I did see some washingtonias along the road but none taller than 10 feet. I wonder why there are no big ones.

Justin no i didnt got xel ha i took a tour of coba and i took some of the pics there. I stayed in a resort outside of play del carmen and thats where nearly all the pics were taken.The clean trunk sabal was near coba. The unfortunatly i dont have any pics of the area just family pics that i left out.

Thanks Jim.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 5:01PM
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statenislandpalm7a(7a)

croton

bannana this one reminds me of jim's garden

orchid tree

ponytail palm

jade hedge

tree sized plumeria

flowers

double travelers palm

single travelers palm

agave

birds of paradise flower

orleander

unknown tree

mango

fruit

ginger plant probably 20 feet tall

ginger flowers

tree cactus

tree croton

aloe vera in a tree?

bromeliads? staghorn fern?

aloe flower

bromeliad

agave

agave

a great representation of the tropics a spanish moss covered tree with flowering bromeliads

interesting tree growing from the mayan ruins

mangrove roots

mangrove

Please id this plant it looks like a coleus and i want to get some seeds

Animals next when i get a chance

    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 6:00PM
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tropicalzone7(7b)

Awesome pics! I really enjoyed looking at them! I cant help with the ID for the last one, but their are a few that I can ID.
The nice flowering tree growing on the mayan ruins is a Brachychiton discolor. I learned about that one for the first time when I saw it at the San Diego Zoo. They are such cool looking trees!
Also the 20 foot ginger looks like a heliconia to me. They are definitely one of my favorite plants and a symbol of the tropics for sure!
The Aloe Vera growing in the tree looks like a bromeliad to me. Not sure what family its in since I dont know a ton about bromeliad families at all!
The Staghorn fern/bromeliad is an orchid. Im not sure what type, but it looks really nice!

Thanks for posting the pics! Looking forward to seeing the animal pics too!
-Alex

    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 8:24PM
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statenislandpalm7a(7a)

Thanks Alex. The reason i thought it was aloe was that it has soft leaves with small spikes

    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 10:22PM
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tropicalzone7(7b)

I can definitely see why you would think its an aloe. Most of the bromeliads in stores here dont have those teeth at the edge of the leaves and the bromeliads that do have those teeth look a lot more like arid and dry loving plants than humid loving plants!
I think Aloe is native to Mexico (or at least some species). I could definitely be wrong though.
-Alex

    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 10:32PM
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tropicalzone7(7b)

Whoops never mind, Aloes are native to Africa not Mexico.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 10:34PM
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statenislandpalm7a(7a)

Oh thanks i didnt know they are from africa. The bromeliads in the spanish moss look kinda like the flowering ones they sell in stores

    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 10:41PM
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tropicalzone7(7b)

Your right, they definitely do! I wonder if they were planted there by someone keeping the area clean and landscaped. Was it near any public places or a little side trail? That spanish moss looks great! Ive never seen spanish moss grow that far south before.
-Alex

    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 11:53PM
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statenislandpalm7a(7a)

iguana

pelican

mapache

peacock

parrot


aligator

land crab

coati

iguana

still need an id

    Bookmark   March 8, 2011 at 6:49PM
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statenislandpalm7a(7a)

I got an id for the plant on the tropicals forum

Acalypha wilkesiana (Jacob's coat)

    Bookmark   March 8, 2011 at 6:56PM
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tropicalzone7(7b)

Iguanas look so cool. I saw my first iguana in Mexico a few years back (cant remember the name of the area though). I also like the pelicans too! They are probably my favorite bird in Florida. Great pics! Thanks for sharing!
-Alex

    Bookmark   March 8, 2011 at 8:04PM
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statenislandpalm7a(7a)

Thanks Alex

    Bookmark   March 9, 2011 at 5:23PM
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