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Rhopalostylis baueri - Norfolk Island Inflorescence

Rhopalostylis baueri -  Norfolk Island Inflorescence  (Rhopalostylis baueri)

My Norfolk Island palm has generated an inflorescence thanks to the copious amounts of rain this month. Hopefully, it’ll develop seed! It typically aborts the inflorescence because it can never receive enough water. Photo taken January 22, 2023.

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How unusual!

25 Jan, 2023


It’s a common inflorescence for this genus. The poor palm never gets enough water in very dry San Diego. I hope it develops seed!

25 Jan, 2023


Here's hoping ... :o)

26 Jan, 2023


Thanks! I’m crossing my fingers. It’s been in the ground for 17 years.

26 Jan, 2023


Very unusual, love the colouring. I guess the abundance of rainfall you've had recently has been positive in certain ways. Hoping it produces seed for you, Andy.

27 Jan, 2023


Watch for rodents Andy- they go for palm seeds.
Nice accomplishment!...I once planted one and gophers got it in days.Howea they ignore.

30 Jan, 2023



Thanks! There’s actually many palms that have this coloring in their inflorescence. Yes, the rain has been very beneficial. I’m so happy I don’t have to water every day. I haven’t watered (with the hose) since Christmas Day. I’m using rain water to water my potted plants, though.

30 Jan, 2023


Yes, I know about rodents and palm fruit. Especially the palms that produce very sweet fruit like Queen Palms, Canary and Guadalupe palms.

I had a large, gorgeous Norfolk Island palm in Fremont and it blew over in a big storm. I was shocked, because this palm is usually pretty wind tolerant.

30 Jan, 2023

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