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Basselinia humboldtiana

One of the most stunning palms of New Caledonia, this medium-sized palm forms a slender, solitary trunk to about 9 m (30 ft.) tall, topped by a breathtaking, compact, swollen crownshaft that is thickly covered in dense bright silvery felt and holds a dense crown of eight nearly stalkless, ascending, somewhat arching and keeled leaves with wide, stiff leaflets. The large inflorescences are borne below the crownshaft and have numerous, drooping branchlets that hold small, round fruit. It is known only from low cloud forest on serpentine soils between 800 and 1000 m (2600 and 3300 ft.) on a few mountains in the southern half of New Caledonia. Only a handful of small plants exist in cultivation as ripe fruits have been nearly impossible to find. It will adapt to most warm temperate and tropical climates and do well under the same conditions as most New Caledonia palms.

 
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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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