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but I don't really know how big, 'cause I forgot to include something for comparison
It's been a while since I posted anything from our trip last May to Ishigaki Island in the far south of Japan, the previous post on the subject having been“Anthony Gets Crabby”, from toward the end of the trip's third day.
We started off Day 4, the last day of the trip, taking a drive up the center of the island to the fairly remote, complexly-named Yonehara Yaeyama-Palm Reserve (米原ヤエヤマヤシ群落). For us it consisted of a mildly jungle-like path where you can see some tall palm trees that are apparently found only in this part of the world.
Prior to reaching the palm trees, there's a huge variety of vegetation. Just off the parking lot, I liked the semi-transparent leaf that opens this post, viewed from below and back-lit by the sun. I just can't remember whether it was two inches across or two feet across. Probably closer to the latter, as there were a lot of big plants on the island (such as these ferns I posted last year).
Then there were these sort of creepy trees with wart-like fruit....
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A sign referred to them as giran'inubiwa (ギランイヌビワ), which is apparently the Japanese name for the scientific ficus variegata var. sycomoides, which is apparently some kind of fig or mulberry. Was sort of creepy to me.
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at least in the full-size version you get when clicking through
Anyway, the palm trees were indeed really tall, but I am never able to capture height in these situations....
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take my word for it
Hah, now that I think about it, compare that photo to the lead photo on “A Visit to Kyoto's Sanzen-in Temple, Part II”, of some very tall cedars... the composition is almost identical! I guess I need to try something new.
The base of these trees appears to be a thick bundle of stringy roots, much like a super-duper-sized version of bamboo roots....
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These trees are called yaeyamayashi (ヤエヤマヤシ), “Yaeyama” referring to the small cluster of islands that makes up the small southern section of Okinawa prefecture where we were, and “yashi” meaning “palm tree”. As best I can tell its scientific name is satakentia liukiuensis. According to the IUCN it grows only on this and one nearby island. I didn't really know any of this when I was there, and wouldn't have really cared much if I had; it was just a pretty place to take a stroll.
It's interesting to see that the big bundle of roots survives long after the tree has died and rotted away....
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just over a foot across
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While we were there, I noticed a little gecko-ish lizard on the trunk of one of these trees. He was difficult to see, and moved quickly, but Anthony had a great time following him. Here he is on one of the root bundles...
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I find the root “strings” almost mesmerizing. It looks as if they were made by pumping huge quantities of Play-Doh through a colander. Freaky.