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Bowenia spectabilis

A beautiful dwarf cycad with a clustering underground stem that carries several long-stalked, fern-like leaves that are branched into numerous, glossy green leaflets. B. spectabilis is distributed in north-eastern Queensland, Australia, where it grows in moist, humid forest to an altitude of 700 m (2300 ft.) a.s.l. It adapts well to cultivation and can be succesfully grown in tropical and subtropical climates, where it prefers warm, humid conditions out of the sun.

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Seeds from this species ...

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Grows easily. Natural habitat is from sea-leavel to 1000m. Regrows after forest clearing. Numerous specimens in paddocks inthe Daintree region, Australia. Tolerates full sun but best in the shade. Very deep subterranean root system, seed predated by rats.Beautiful plant- rather variable in leaf form. Variants sympatric. From Kris
Submitted on 31/05/2005 by Kris Kupsch tropicalbotanics@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Quite many of the seeds I received had already sprouted. And after 2 weeks 50% have been sprouted. I have used moist sand and temperature at >+25 C.
Submitted on 23/02/2003 by Petri Huusko iiris@utanet.fi

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Plants from this species ...

... are of average ornamental value
In Coastal Los Angeles in USA they need average care and grow slow.
As opposed to most of the other cycads, Bowenia has a more delicate appearance and is not immediately recognizable as such. Bowenia is a good understory plant that will enhance the look of palms and other larger cycads. It enjoys semi-shaded conditions, and it seems to tolerate more moisture than many other cycads. As with all cycads, it is important for the soil to drain well--therefore the soil should contain sand, pumice, perlite, or other aggregate in addition to organic matter.
Submitted on 15/10/2013 by Greg Ginsburg

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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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