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Bactris rhaphidacantha

Tiwara Palm

A beautiful, smallish palm from the understory of rainforests in Suriname, French Guyana and just barely reaching into the Brazilian state of Amapá. It resembles a small Astrocaryum, with an underground or shortly emergent, rough, occasionally clustering trunk that carries a small crown of flat, finely pinnate leaves with pale undersides. The leafbases and petioles are well armed with very long black spines. The compact inflorescences stay quite well hidden between the spiny leafbases and eventually produce a dense cluster of orange-red fruit that are covered with tiny black spines. Bactris rhaphidacantha is practically unknown in cultivation but would make an attractive addition to the tropical garden. Germination is rather lengthy and will take at least 6 months.

 
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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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