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Hurricane Wilma at Montgomery (page 1)

 
   
 

 


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Below are photos illustrating the damage inflicted on Montgomery Botanical's dicot and cycad collections by Hurricane Wilma. (Click on photos to enlarge.)

The Dicot Collection

Many main branches were twisted or ripped off of large trees.
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This large Ficus tree lost a branch which damaged  a large gumbo limbo as it fell.
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Our largest and most prized rainbow eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta) lost one of its
primary branches.
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The branch stuck in the gumbo limbo tree in the photo on the left came from a tall Terminalia tree about 100 feet away; the photo on the right shows how this branch matches up with the place where it broke off.
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The large banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis) in the Cycad Walk suffered some serious damage
this time; this tree weathered Hurricane Andrew, Hurricane Katrina,
and other storms without receiving this much damage.
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All of the sausage-like fruit dropped off of this
African sausage tree (Kigelia africana).
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This sausage tree lost a huge branch
in the employee parking lot.
Not a good parking place! 
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This large oak tree is dwarfed by the giant
gumbo limbo trees in the background that were
almost completely untouched.
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This Bulnesia arborea snapped, while others on the property were blown down; the foliage is so dense in these trees, they act like
umbrellas in the wind.
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The Cycad Collection

As with Katrina, most of the cycads fared quite well during Wilma; this Cycas litoralis lost most of its leaves, but it will recover completely.
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Many of the "bamboo" cycads in the Asia 4 bed (e.g., Cycas bifida, C. micholitzii, C. multipinnata) also lost leaves but
should recover fully.
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Even though it looks like it took a direct hit from a large oak tree, the Encephalartos ferox on the right was not damaged because the tree missed the apex.
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Several Cycas rumphii plants were re-uprooted after being staked following Katrina.
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Wind-torn and sun-burned, this Zamia elegantissima is in the America 6 bed, which, between Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma, lost nearly all of its shade trees.
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Orange circles were painted around
many of our smaller cycads (such as this young Lepidozamia hopei) prior to the storm so they could be seen if debris piled on top of them.




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