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Alloschmidia glabrata

A very rare palm that grows in the north of New Caledonia between sea level and 1200 m (3900 ft.) in wet forest. Its tall, slender trunk supposts a long crownshaft and about 10 elegant, ascending feather leaves. Because ripe seeds are extremely difficult to find, this species is almost never offered for sale. A must-have for collectors.

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Seeds from this species ...

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I sowed about a dozen seeds in a 5:3:2: ratio mix of perlite, Canadian peat, and organic humus respectively in a plastic Sterilite container with lid. I the medium was kept slightly moist. 7 seeds germinated after about a month. They are slow growing, although each new leaf is slightly larger than the previous, and new leaves are produced every 6 weeks or so. Of my seven seedlings, 6 eventually died from what I believe was lack of moisture. Temperatures were kept warm; several degrees warmer than room temperature. The final surviving seedling has produced about 6 leaves, and is still producing bifid leaves. It also suffered from dry conditions, but it is slowly recovering and is still producing a new leaf. The slow speed of their growth would be a lot easier to take if the seeds and seedlings were not so tiny.
Submitted on 22/02/2005 by Jason Skelly skellsbells@aol.com

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If you wish to read more on palm cultivation, we highly recommend Ornamental Palm Horticulture by Timothy K. Broschat and Alan W. Meerow, available in our bookshop.

Ratings and comments reflect individual experiences and the views of our visitors. They do not necessarily describe the most appropriate methods, nor are they necessarily valid for all seeds or plants of this species. Germination and plant cultivation success depends on many different factors; nevertheless, these experiences will hopefully aid you in your effort to get the best germination results from our seeds and the best growth results from your plants.

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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