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Willie

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looking for tropical acorn Quercus insignis.
« on: November 16, 2019, 12:08:45 AM »
Hi

the first tree that is on top of my rare fruit tree list is the tropical acorn Quercus insignis.

anyone has seen these seeds (in Guatemala may be)

They are pretty huge.





They appear hard to find if not extinguished at all in natural habitats.
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Re: looking for tropical acorn Quercus insignis
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2019, 12:02:44 PM »
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Re: looking for tropical acorn Quercus insignis
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2019, 07:40:15 PM »
They should be found from Mexico to Panama, anyone has seen them there or can give me an address where to order these seeds?
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Re: looking for tropical acorn Quercus insignis
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2019, 09:41:19 PM »
I live in Belize but can't recall seeing them here.  Will ask around. 

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Re: looking for tropical acorn Quercus insignis
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2019, 03:01:05 AM »
I live in Belize but can't recall seeing them here.  Will ask around.

People say they are all around the central American Rain forests, so they might be also in Belize. During a job 1999 I have seen them a lot but can't remember was it Belize or Honduras.
Thanks for searching, would be great if you are successful.
 
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Re: looking for tropical acorn Quercus insignis
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2020, 02:15:06 AM »
I am still looking for this specific acorn tree but it seems very hard to find.
I am also interested in any heavy bearing fast growing chestnuts, nuts and acorns that will do in USDA Zone 11..
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Re: looking for tropical acorn Quercus insignis
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2020, 02:56:59 AM »
it is a nut? how is the taste?

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Re: looking for tropical acorn Quercus insignis
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2020, 09:18:09 AM »
I think they are mostly found at elevation, I have one growing at my place (zone 8-9ish), the seed came from Oaxaca.

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Re: looking for tropical acorn Quercus insignis
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2020, 02:07:31 AM »
it is a nut? how is the taste?

No it's an acorn and it should no be tasty at all by my experience with the acorns as I grew up in Germany.
Beside that parts of most acorn Plants are poisonous for humans as one defense they have is the bitterness. 
My interest is more in livestock feed and because this tree is rare and close to extinction I might be able do my share to preserve it in a place where its not cut for the high quality lumber.

I think they are mostly found at elevation, I have one growing at my place (zone 8-9ish), the seed came from Oaxaca.

Some have been spotted in Jacksonville (Florida), Fort Worth (Texas) and Hemstead (Texas) but there is now way to send seeds due to the strict law regulations according to their owners.

Another contact is reporting that there are still some in the Panamanian Rain-forest, but he is a Scot and was not to persuade to look for it because of the Wildlife in that area that incl fearless Jaguars, poisonous Snakes and Spiders.

Also some sources report that there is still a reserve in Guatemala.

General info say they are found from Veracruz till Panama and also Oaxaca is mentioned more than once.
@Botanicus, have you still got contacts where you got your tree in Oaxaca?
Or anyone else has or is living nearby?

They will do well in fairly till high acidic ground and are able to grow in all USDA Zones from 8-11.

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Re: looking for tropical acorn Quercus insignis
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2020, 11:08:14 AM »
Mine came from a plant collector, he use to sell on ebay, but no longer does.

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Re: looking for tropical acorn Quercus insignis
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2020, 01:00:27 PM »
https://www.internationaloaksociety.org/content/successfully-growing-quercus-insignis

This looks like it would be fun to propagate! Have you reached out to anyone in this group?
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Re: looking for tropical acorn Quercus insignis
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2020, 06:15:55 PM »
I brought 1 plant from Nicaragua 20 years ago as a small seedling. Now it  is about 6 ft high and begins to bloom. When it will produce some acorns I can send you some.

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Re: looking for tropical acorn Quercus insignis
« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2020, 06:12:29 PM »
https://www.internationaloaksociety.org/content/successfully-growing-quercus-insignis
This looks like it would be fun to propagate! Have you reached out to anyone in this group?

No, no success at all. I still hope that somebody comes up. I also asked a friend in Panama but he is going offshore on Sunday and the new Season is due in Europe, so his chase is on hold.


I brought 1 plant from Nicaragua 20 years ago as a small seedling. Now it  is about 6 ft high and begins to bloom. When it will produce some acorns I can send you some.

20 years?? The common Oak trees fruit in 5-6 years wild grown and in a nursery they make it well treated sometimes in under 5 years.
Or do you have yours in a pot? But anyway, I'll have patience and hope you have success. If it is fruiting I'll (and my wife) be the happiest to buy some of you.
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Re: looking for tropical acorn Quercus insignis.
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2020, 09:45:11 PM »
 
Just as a heads up.
The wife of my mate in Panama has heard about them but never seen one in reality.
Looking like we face here a mission impossible or it is based on a language Problem as they mainly grow in regions where Spanish is the main lingo.
Unfortunately I have found no internet forum like this with Spanish language otherwise I could use my skills ... 

also I am interested in any nut or may be chestnut tree suitable for USDA 11 Tropical climate.
Malabar Chestnuts do well here as I got two..   
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