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Astrocaryum murumuru

Widespread in the Amazon Basin, this species is extremely variable and can be short and stemless or tall, with one or more robust trunks. It has a shuttlecock-like crown with large, flat leaves that have very closely spaced leaflets with silvery undersides. The large fruits are edible.

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... are of average ornamental value
In BOYNTON BEACH ., FLORIDA in USA they need much care and grow slow.
Seeds were not soaked, went directly into fill from my backyard in a five gallon pot. 30 seeds were sown in mid june in South Florida. Six sprouted by October, but hurricane Katrina and Wilma took a toll on everything. March 2, 2006 removed seedlings and seeds and put them directly into the ground with indirect light (close to my private fence) So far so good. Six survived out of ten and when transplanted noticed three to four more seedlings getting their first tap root. The largest seedling has three leaves and is very spiny. Will send pictures in a couple of months.

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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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