Rhapis x Rhapidophyllum ???

jfacendolaJune 13, 2013

My potted lady palm ( R. excelsa) just put out a female inflorescence. As I have no other Rhapis growing to pollenate it, I thought about just cutting it off. My needles (Rhapidophyllum) are currently covered in both male and female inflorescences. After a bit of research I learned that there is evidence that Rhapis and Rhapidophyllum may be taxonomic sister groups, and are at least in the same subtribe. This means that they could potentially hybridize. I am going to go home this afternoon and use a paintbrush to move some pollen from the needle palm, to each one of the lady palm flowers. Any ideas, tips, thoughts?

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bradleyo_gw

It would be super cool if you could be successful and I would love to get my hand on some seed, but I'm somewhat skeptical.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 3:10PM
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miketropic

I am picturing a tall skinny trunk..covered in 3 inch needles with 4 fronts on top...and slower than a 3 legged turtle..if you get seeds sign me up!

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 9:09PM
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tropicbreezent

I say go for it! Don't hold your breath though. But you've nothing to lose.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 3:17AM
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jfacendola

I pretty much have the same mental image of a fatter spiny clump of chunky but skinny trunked sparsely leafed palms. I fully expect failure, and if for some reason I do get a seed, it will probably take about a year to germinate.... The female flowers don't quite look open and ready to take pollen yet, but I am hoping tomorrow morning will be go time.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 7:26PM
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plantlover13(5)

Did you pollinate them yet?

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 10:52AM
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jfacendola

I have been giving them a good dose of pollen daily. It looks like the flowers are slowly opening one at a time from the tip to the base of the inflorescence, and I don't know what the time frame is when they are receptive. I figured I should err on the side of caution and continue to toss pollen on them as much as possible. Soon I will run out of fresh needle palm pollen, so I have put some in the freezer just in case. If I get a seed from this I will be amazed.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2013 at 9:47PM
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jfacendola

I have been giving them a good dose of pollen daily. It looks like the flowers are slowly opening one at a time from the tip to the base of the inflorescence, and I don't know what the time frame is when they are receptive. I figured I should err on the side of caution and continue to toss pollen on them as much as possible. Soon I will run out of fresh needle palm pollen, so I have put some in the freezer just in case. If I get a seed from this I will be amazed.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2013 at 9:48PM
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jfacendola

No surprise, but no seeds resulting from this attempt. It looked like something was trying to happen, but no fruits really developed. Just last week all of what looked like it may have pollenated yellowed and fell off. They did hold on to the plant for 2 months. I wonder if the embryos don't have room to properly form in the tiny Rhapis seed. In an x butiagrus cross, the female is the pindo which has much larger seeds than the queen. Hmmm.....

    Bookmark   August 30, 2013 at 9:40AM
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jfacendola

duplicate post removed

This post was edited by jfacendola on Fri, Aug 30, 13 at 9:42

    Bookmark   August 30, 2013 at 9:41AM
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plantlover13(5)

Too bad, it would have been cool. Try again next time, if there ever is one?

    Bookmark   September 6, 2013 at 5:36PM
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