Identification: Palm blossom, disease, or an alien?

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  1. Brook

    Brook New Member

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    Hoping someone can help identify a growth on my palm tree. This started out as what looked like a leaf growing sideways opened up to release these beautiful pink threads.

    I'm sorry i don't know the palm species (inherited from prior house owners). We live near the ocean in northern California

    Thank you in advance
     

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  2. Junglekeeper

    Junglekeeper Contributor 10 Years

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    Appears to be an inflorescence.
     
  3. wcutler

    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    It's your first guess, a flower. I see there are flowers that look similar to that on an Amazonian palm, Oenocarpus bataua, but I don't know that that is cultivated in California. Maybe there are related palms. How about replying with a post of the tree and the leaves? Not that you asked for the ID, but such a nifty flower - it would be nice if someone could identify it.
     
  4. Brook

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    Thank you so much!! Here's a picture of the mommy (daddy?) tree. Would love to identify it
     

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  5. pmurphy

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    Possibly a king palm Archontophoenix Cunninghamiana
     
  6. Brook

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    Thank you so much!
     

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