San Diego (CA) Photos

March 17, 2009

Palm Pride at the San Diego Zoo

Filed under: Nature, Places to visit, San Diego Zoo — Tags: , — washaw @ 6:00 am

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The botanical collection at the San Diego Zoo is huge and would cost more to replace than the animals.   Pick up a map just inside the entrance showing the names of all the palm and cycad varieties.   The first picture above shows a favorite of Chris, my new found friend at the zoo.  Chris is a volunteer with the education department who helps with the “Sunrise Surprise Strolls”.   Last month she showed me a giant exotic palm and told me all about it.  On Saturday I ask which was her favorite.  She said the one near the Children’s Zoo entrance (first picture).   I still learning names so need help with names for those pictured.  Leave a comment and let me know.  I’ll guess the last picture is a phoenix dactylifera, ‘date palm’.

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February 18, 2009

Possible Canary Island Date Palm in San Diego

Filed under: Nature — Tags: — washaw @ 6:00 am

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My neighbor has this beautiful date palm in the front yard.  I have searched with Google and decided it may be a Canary Island Date Palm, also called a Pineapple Palm or officially the phoenix canariensis.   Can anyone confirm my guess?

February 17, 2009

Palm trees everywhere and more on the way

Filed under: Nature — Tags: — washaw @ 6:00 am

Palm trees are nearly everywhere you look in San Diego. Residents see so many that we often just blank them out. Here is a typical neighborhood grove of the native species Washingtonia filifera. Their seeds spread everywhere with little palms popping up like weeds.

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