Thursday, April 16, 2009

Can this be a Self-destructing Palm Tree?

Birds are not interested in the fruits.
Millions of flowers
This palm tree mysteriously started blooming around January. I wonder if it belongs to the same species as the self-destructing palm tree discovered in Madagascar just last year. Tahina spectabilis was named after the discoverer's daughter. The tree towers at 60 ft and has a morbid life. After patiently growing for about 30 - 50 years, it flowers and then the entire tree self destructs (dies). The whole process of flowering and fruiting is just too much - draining all the nutrients away. But though the fan-like leaves of my palm looks similar, the millions of flowers are different and it is still in good shape. Help...can anyone identify my palm before it dies on me????

1 comment:

  1. Sorry, can't help you but it does look kinda like a mutant tree!
    Great pics!!