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Bactris ferruginea

A very rare, smallish species form coastal Brazil.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

...difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
I did the standard soak in warm tap water for 5 days, then dipped in a 20% bleach solution for about 15 minutes and sown in a 50-50 by volume moist mixture of Canadian peat and perlite. These seeds were kept outside during the summer and autumn months in Central Florida and saw temps mostly in the 80s F/ upper 20s C with higher and lower day and night temps. Of ten seeds that I received, 5 ultimately germinated. Two lived long enough to actually produce a green sprout while the other three only produced a seedling root. All five died after I brought the Sterilite container they were in inside my house and they dried out. Germination was very erratic with the first germinating about 15 weeks after sowing, and the last (I'm estimating) about 25 weeks after sowing. Overall they may be a bit easier than I have listed to germinate, but they appear to need moisture and cannot dry out. Also, they may need more than the six months I listed here, but that is probably about the average. Two seeds (9 months after receipt) may still be viable and I'm waiting to see what happens with them.
Submitted on 27/03/2003 by Jason C. Skelly Skellsbells@aol.com

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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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