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Here, there, everywhere a palm tree

October 23, 2010

If you didn’t know it already then you’re about to find out something new, so brace yourself. The native tree of Florida is a palm tree.

by Cate


Sabal Palmetto or Cabbage Palmetto may mean nothing to ordinary visitor or local living here, but this name refers to the Floridian native that contended for the prize of state tree kicking out fellow competitors as the Long Leaf pine. Officials in 1953,  passed a statute giving the Palm the recognition and protection it deserved.

I never knew there was so much involved in being a tree.

Of course this tree is no ordinary tree, ask a botanist who specialises in palms and you will likely be informed that the Sabal Palmetto is in fact a weed — a grass — with a number of edible parts: leaves, roots, seeds.

by Cate

If you like palm trees then Florida is your place. Beside it being a flat, sandy, humid peninsula, there are around 27 palm varieties — native and exotic flourishing in the wild with six receiving full state protection. Hundreds upon hundreds of palms grow around the beaches, in gardens, line streets and affluent avenues and parking lots. Yet despite the near perfect growing conditions there is not one palm oil production unit in sight.

Royal, Lady, Saw and Windmill are some of the palms around the Palm Beaches, my favourite one comes under the romantic name: Travelers Palm with its fan like leaves, I think this tree warrants recognition as being more picturesque than others.

by Cate

I always thought this tree belonged to the Banana family.

Looking onto the garden complex where I live, there are countless varieties of Palms, of which I know nothing. They are striking in their evening silhouettes softening urban settings between a frame of drooping leaves.

by Cate

Palms offer up a lot to photographers: lines, angles, contrasts, spiders, sticky webs…

by Cate

Coconuts grow on some varieties around South Florida and yes, these do come crashing down on heads, cars and the roads. As for Date Palms? I haven’t seen any as yet, and when I do I’ll be the first one hanging around underneath eating the fresh juicy fruits.

Caffeinated Traveller

  1. October 24, 2010 3:21 am

    There is a variety of palm trees, Coconut tree is one of them. It offers us with such a refreshing juice that I cannot resist.

    • October 29, 2010 2:32 pm

      Malaysia has a lot of palms and Borneo as well. Probably much better coconut palms than around West Palm Beach.

    • October 29, 2010 2:38 pm

      On Borneo the palms must be gorgeous as well as those beautiful trees in the ancient rainforests. You have a bounty of goodies right outside your door Rainfield.

  2. October 24, 2010 9:31 am

    Palm trees are photographers’ delight.

    A palm tree rising in the distance, in the backdrop of a blue sky will suddenly shed the fatigue of a long journey.

    • October 29, 2010 2:32 pm

      Nicely said, like and Oasis, knowing that your destination is in sight and a nice cold drink to quench that thirst. Good to hear from you again Anil!

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    October 24, 2010 10:37 pm

    what a truly beautiful sequence of shots – there are obviously many palm trees here in mexico – for me they always signal the beach – relaxation and reading…

    • October 29, 2010 2:31 pm

      If you love the beach, you will love palms isn’t that how it goes. I love the mountains so I must love fir trees…

  4. October 26, 2010 11:33 pm

    Palm trees always remind me of paradise. I like the fanning effect of the 3rd photo. I can easily lose myself with a camera in their surrounds.

    • October 29, 2010 2:30 pm

      Oh yes you could but I suspect Australia has some good palms on offer or do I have to go North for these? I used to work on Lord Howe and this island was rammed pack with – part from Norfolk Pines and mutton birds – palms.

  5. October 27, 2010 8:57 am

    I love palm trees and the traveler’s palm is my favorite, coincidentally. Eventhough I revel in the beauty of palms, Florida is not my favorite place, except for the charming Amelia Island, the state always feels too stifling to me.

    • October 29, 2010 2:28 pm

      I’m thinking you’re referring to the heat when you say stifling, I have been using this word in another context in relation to Florida: ideals, thinking,poor taste in food, no idea what good coffee means, dress sense and liberalism. But you are right it is far to hot here to enjoy the days on the beaches.

  6. October 28, 2010 9:03 am

    I had no idea about any of that!

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