Christmas Palm

Veitchia merrillii (Christmas Palm)

Veitchia merrillii (Christmas Palm) Aka Manila Palm, and formerly known as Adonidia merrillii, is native to the Philippines but has been cultivated throughout the world’s tropics for many centuries. It has naturalized in the Caribbean and other subtropical regions, where it’s hardy only to 10-12 USDA zones. It grows fairly quickly to a height of…

Sabal causiarum (Puerto Rico Palmetto)

Although the purpose go this blog is to showcase plants native to the caribbean, I will mention from time to me some types of trees. This one is a palm tree. Although I’ve already covered ‘Cocos nucifera’, I will now mention Puerto Rico’s native palm tree, ‘Sabal causarium’. Sabah causiarum (Puerto Rico palmetto), Aka Puerto Rican…

A Closer Look at the Coconut Seedling

The Coconut Palm (Cocos nucifera) Seedling  Coconuts often sprout on their own, without being planted on the ground. Coconut seednuts germinate easily in warm, humid conditions and will sprout and grow naturally wherever they fall. Coconuts propagate naturally, just like you see here. They fall to the sand, and root themselves on their own. This one…