Thursday, September 20, 2012

Champagne Palm, Hyophorbe lagenicaulis

I just noticed them now, though I stared at one almost everyday in Philcoa (not fat though), meaning I was not looking at all. This fat looking (at the base) palm is called the champagne palm. The most curious part to me are the small growths of almost decorative stems (fruit inforesence) just before the waxy smooth tapering upper head trunk.

We are confused by the identification of this palm plant. Some call this the hyophorbe Indicus(our first ID), but Google shows more photos that this is actually hyophorbe lagenicaulis. There are related or similar looking species which may be confused with the champagne palm: spindle palm Hyophorbe verschaffeltii, and the bottle palm Hyophorbe indicus. Unfortunate that we are not really sure of the species name, as some sites call this plant BOTH champagne and bootle palm plant!! Some of these palms are considered endangered in the wild.

Plant Hyophorbe lagenicaulis
Common name Champagne palm
Location Petron Station, NLEX, Bulacan (going to MM)
Photographer Dr. Ernesto P. Adorio
Camera Samsung WB150F compact camera
Reference Wikipedia

We will review for the final ID of this palm plant.

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