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Hurricane Wilma at Montgomery (page 2)

 
   
 

 


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Below are photos illustrating the damage inflicted on MBC's palm collection and nursery by Hurricane Wilma. (Click on  photos to enlarge.)

The Palm Collection

Sabal palms typically weather wind storms
pretty well; this S. maritima
didn't do so well, though.

The large Corypha umbraculifera that was re-stood and staked after Hurricane Katrina lost its head (L), while its partner was felled during Wilma (R).
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Leaf damage to Elaeis oleifera in the Lowland Palmetum (L)
and Dypsis decaryi (R) in the Snapper Creek Hammock area.
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An example of a felled tree.
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A Veitchia arecina specimen snapped in mid-trunk.
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Root ball (L) and infructescence (R) of an 80+ year old Corypha taliera that fell. This palm was a Robert Montgomery original. It had been flowering for more than a year, and its seeds were not yet ripe.
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This Acrocomia aculeata was blown over,
but it should recover after being
re-stood and staked.
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This Caryota rumphiana was not so lucky; it will not survive this fatal injury.
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At least two large Bismarckia nobilis palms were decapitated; the "head" of the palm on the left was literally wrapped around a neighboring royal palm (Roystonea regia).
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This used to be a nice Syagrus botryphora grove. This is apparently not a good species for hurricane-prone areas!
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This oak tree had been propped back up after Katrina, but it fell again, destroying the shade structure that was built to protect the Chamaedorea palms underneath.
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Huge Arenga pinnata felled.

Fronds stripped off royal palms.
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Amazingly, the coconut palms on the left and the foxtail
palms on the right were completely undamaged.
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The Nursery

The cycad shade house lost its shade.
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Newly installed ground cloth was destroyed in the full-sun nursery.

Most plants in the nursery were toppled, but nearly all of them will be just fine.


 

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