I am somewhat obsessed with plants growing on other plants, and so I was thrilled to find this example of a cactus growing on the trunk of a palm. Did the RBG gardeners plant the cactus?
I emailed Brian Kemble, curator at the RBG to ask. His reply: "The palm is Butia capitata (also known as the jelly palm because its edible fruit is used to make jelly). The cacti growing on the trunk are Cereus hildmannianus, and they were not planted there by us. It would seem evident that birds perched up in the palm after having eaten cactus fruit, and they sprouted and grew. This is obviously not a good long-term choice of a growing spot, since the cactus gets to be several tons in time. . ."
So, not a long term planting, but still fun while it lasts.
Weather Diary, Jan 12: Hi 61, Low 46/ Precip 1.77" (yes, that is the 24 hour rain total, not the week, or the month but the day. High winds too, lots of power outages, ours was out for at least 6 hours).