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Bowenia sp. Tinaroo

Tinaroo Fern

A very rare, small, fernlike cycad found only on the cool Atherton Tableland in northeastern Queensland, Australia, at 700 m (2300 ft.) a.s.l. It is similar to both B. serrulata and spectabilis, the other two species in this small genus, with the size of the smaller B. spectabilis and the toothed leaf margins of B. serrulata. It will grow in subtropical as well as in temperate regions and is the hardiest of the Bowenia, tolerating moderate frosts.

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...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Since genetic analysis has been performed on this 'form' it is now known to be a serrated form of B. spectabilis. It grows all over the place around the Lamb Range, Tinaroo and near Cairns on Saddle Mountain. Easy to grow in shade-tolerates cool winters. From Kris
Submitted on 31/05/2005 by Kris Kupsch tropicalbotanics@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I found these seeds very easy to germinate, following the classic procedure of soaking and then putting them in a box with perlite in a warm place. This way works very well for all cycads seeds, for me.
Submitted on 11/11/2002 by Angelo Porcelli angelopalm69@inwind.it

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
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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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