Can You Guess What This Is?


Any idea what this could be? Looks a bit like mohair, doesn’t it?

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Here’s a look zoomed out a bit. Still can’t guess?
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How about now? This is zoomed out a lot more.

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Or now? Give up?  (Zoomed all the way out.) The answer is in the next photo down below.

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Here you are. It’s a look down into a broken Cabbage Palm. This is what’s left of a dead, diseased Cabbage Palm in our yard. There is only fibrous material inside — no wood. This is one of several reasons palms are classified as grasses and not as trees. This one was so badly damaged, that the tiny bundles that make up the vascular system are dried out and separated. They look like straw. The fact that it died less than a year after installation is a good reason not to buy palms from any of those guys driving around new neighborhoods selling them from the back of a pick-up truck.

Broken Palm 1 - mlm c

Next time I’ll have a happier story to share. Meanwhile, back to gardening. I have so much to do. My planting beds need new pine straw mulch, and I have lots of plants to put into the ground. Oh, the agony of it all (not). You know I’m happiest when I’m outside diggin’ in the dirt.



10 responses to “Can You Guess What This Is?

  1. I’ve not seen inside a palm tree before. Fascinating! Thanks for the fun teaser. I enjoyed that.

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    • You’re most welcome. I was amazed, myself. I knew it would be fiberous tissue, but thought it would be a bit more solid than it is. Live and learn, huh? I have since learned that it is so straw-like because it had rotted inside. A healthy specimen would be more solid, and you would see tiny dots that are actually the little bundles that make up the vascular system for taking up water and nutrients. Still living and learning!

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  2. Maria, I was guessing the coir type of liners so I was close. I would do just that with this stump. Use it, get some sharp tools to dig the middle of it down a little farther and then fill with good soil. Plant a nice vine into the center and let it creep down the sides of the remaining stump. I bet in a few years it will rot all the way down to the ground, but it will save you lots of “elbow grease” in trying to remove the stump on your own….Just my thoughts…..

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    • A great idea, Olivia, except for the fact that the sides are already giving way. Before I knew it was as loosely fibers as it is, I had planned to have it cut down farther, and to set a flower pot on it. Now, I just want it out of there. My dad’s azaleas are growing larger by the day, and blocking my little stepping stone path, so I need to have the path curve around them — right where that stump is. Wouldn’t you know it? When I get the side yard cleaned up, and the path in place with flowers planted, I will post some pics of that narrow area.

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      • Well I guess if it’s in the way, then out it goes….I would try to use the fibers though as a base in planters and such, rather than throwing it out in the trash….It would have great draining qualities…


  3. My first thought was that it looks like dried grass — the kind I’m always having to pull out of my flower beds. I guess I was partly right.

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  4. Ouch. when we attended a lecture by the local extension people they said palms are so specific, and a variety that does well in Orlando may not last even 40 miles north up by us.

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