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It is with great sadness that I report that my friend Charles Wychgel died last Friday after a short battle with bowel cancer.

Charlie was a true plantsman – he had one of the finest collections of palms in the Algarve but also a great breadth and depth of knowledge of all types of plants, especially cycads. I’ve known him for 20 years – we corresponded ever since he became one of my customers back in the day when I ran my little nursery – but got to meet him properly just 5 years ago when I visited him in the Algarve and we embarked upon a road trip around Portugal together. I went over to see him every year since. He was a dyed in the wool ‘grumpy old git’ :) with an acerbic and sharp wit and would generally hold court on every topic under the sun. He also had a heart of gold and was great company – I will miss him.


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Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:30 am

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Paul, So sorry to hear this news. We visited Charles several times over the last decade or so and were always knocked out by his fabulous garden and amazing plants. He was always such a hospitable and generous guy and we always came away with one or two off-sets of rare plants for our own holiday place in the Algarve. Sincere condolences to his partner and family. He will be missed.

Cheers for now


Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:11 pm
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Sad news, I knew him to, he sometimes ordered a special fern.
Condolences for his close family.


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Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:01 pm
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How sad to hear I will miss Charles contributions on the various forums he used to frequent.
We were lucky enough to visit him at his wonderful place in the Algarve and I have lots of his palms growing here at our place a very generous guy.
We were also had a few days with him and the European Palm society guys visiting times!

Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:05 pm

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I noticed that he had stopped posting over the last year or so. He's missed by plants people world over.

Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:09 pm
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So sorry to hear of this. I did not know Charles personally, but always followed his posts closely, especially concerning cycads. I wish the best for his family and friends.

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Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:27 pm
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A terrible news! Very sad.
R.I.P Charles

Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:30 pm
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Hi Paul,

Damn, that´s sad to hear! More and more cases seem to pop up,....frightening!
My condolence!

kind regards,


Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:58 pm
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Very sad piece of new.

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