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Beaucarnea sanctomariana

A new, rare species described in 2001 from the Istmo de Tehuantepec in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. It grows into a small, much branched, shrubby tree with many dense crowns of narrow, lax, green leaves and a large, bulbous base. While generally similar to Beaucarnea recurvata and the rare Beaucarnea hiriartiae, it is readily recognized by its smaller flowers and fruits. It has smaller trunk bases without buttresses and shorter leaves than B. recurvata and differs from B. hiriartiae by its widely conical trunk bases, the rough bark, smooth leaf surface and larger inflorescence stalks with shorter branches. It is virtually unknown in cultivation but would thrive under the same conditions as B. recurvata.

By the way, there are 5 Trachycarpus wagnerianus already germinated, a real surprise the speed those guys are comming into life! really nice, one T. martianus and one A. merilli are following and some of the Cycas nongnochiae are also starting to open. Thanks for your magnificent shipments.
J.Z., La Laguna, S.C.Tenerife, Spain
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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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