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Re: Trachycarpus geminisectus
Posted by Rob Cookeville Tn on 12/6/2017, 7:31 pm, in reply to "Re: Trachycarpus geminisectus"
Ryan, far from being a palm expert with Trachycarpus exotics, that beautiful palm most certainly seems T.germinisectus. I say this since you may have reservations. Who could be 100% sure about anything these days with T.geminisectus , T.manipur, T.Nova and T.principes closely resembling. Then there is T.naga hills and T.takil, T.winsan, T.martinus, T.windl,T. latisectus T.nana,T.oreophilus, T.khasianus among the more commonly grown Waggie and the beloved T.Chusan (fortunei) its almost enough to blow your mind. I think Martin Gibbons said it best,
One of the most significant things about several species of Trachycarpus that we have studied in the wild is the tiny size of their populations, in terms of either area or numbers. All the species apart from T. fortunei are more-or-less seriously threatened, some close to extinction in the wild. Trachycarpus takil, T. princeps, T. oreophilus and T. latisectus all grow in very small populations or areas that could so easily be missed were they not known about. You could pass within five hundred yards of some of them and not even dream that they were there. While this may be frustrating, it also has an exciting aspect to it. There may well be several more species just waiting to be discovered perhaps in areas apparently well documented. Northern Burma, for example, could be home to existing or even new species, but we will not know until the dreadful regime there falls and we can go and look for ourselves. The band along which most species grow seems to peter out towards north Vietnam. An expedition there may well turn up some interesting discoveries. Since we became interested in this genus we have discovered three new species along the Trachycarpus Trail. Who knows where it may lead next?
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