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The Lowland Palmetum

 
   
 

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Six lakes grace the Lowland Palmetum, where many rare and unusual
palms are planted. This view is overlooking Royal Lake and Coconut Lake.

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Nypa fruticans inflorescences are highly attractive. The female flowers are clustered in a tight, fleshy, brownish sphere (left) and the male flowers are yellow with pollen.

A section of the Silver Bluff Escarpment is preserved on MBC property. An American crocodile, Crocodylus acutus, warms itself while standing guard over four young mangrove palms (Nypa fruticans) collected in eastern Java, Indonesia, by Montgomery Botanical Center's palm biologist, Dr. Larry Noblick, in 1998.

From left to right are Nannorrhops ritchiana, collected in Pakistan by M. Said in 1960; Sabal uresana, collected in Mexico by Boutin and Kimnack in 1972; and Livistona woodfordii, whose origin is unknown.

Also in the lowlands are some significant palms like these two large Copernicia baileyana (left and right) with Copernicia hospita below. In the center is Livistona decora, and just to the right of it is a thin-stemmed Livistona rotundifolia.


 

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