Thursday’s Special: A Right Royal Palm Tree

For Paula’s ‘Thursday’s Special- Pick a Word’, I’ve chosen the word ‘transience’. A good example of the meaning of the word, is firstly theย reddish purple fruit of the majestic and classic Florida Royal Palm, which soon disappears as it’s a good food source for birds. The second transient thing about it is that each ring on the trunk of the tree signifies a leaf frond which has died and fallen off. This palm tree which is considered to be the most beautiful palm in Florida, can grow up to 80 feet tall and has a life span of about 100 years, so the tree itself is not at all transient.

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43 comments on “Thursday’s Special: A Right Royal Palm Tree

  1. And silly me thought “prolific” at first glance :D, but now I can definitely see “transient” and am very happy for your explanation and information Sylvia. It’s nice to play with you ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!

  2. I was so intrigued by the colour of the fruit I had to look it up and find that its seeds can be used as substitutes for coffee beans and also Royal palm seeds were widely used in Cuba to feed pigs at least up to the 1940s and 1950s. The meat of pigs raised with royal palm seeds was said to be the very best. The lard obtained from pigs fattened or raised with royal palm seeds was said to exhibit a grainy texture, and by inference, to have been the best lard to consume. The seeds generally were obtained by men who climbed the trees using ropes. (Wikipedia) Palm trees do make a place look exotic – even the Cornish Palms (Cordyline australis) originally from New Zealand do that ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. interesting palm tree. If you have no good camera to use it for counting the rings you actually have to climb up like a monkey, Sylvia, to prove ist age… (after-thought: is today not Tuesday?)

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