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Brahea sarukhanii

Sarukhan's Hesper Palm

Long believed to be nothing else than the common B. dulcis, this palm has only recently been described from its habitat occupying a small area on the border between the Mexican states of Nayarit and Jalisco, where it grows in dry tropical and pine-oak forest, high up in the mountains between 1100 and 1650 m (3600 and 5400 ft.). While similar to B. aculeata and B. pimo, with a moderate stature and a smallish crown of green fan leaves with lax tips, it can readily be separated from the two. Its fruits are much smaller than those of B. aculeata while being bigger than those of B. pimo and much larger than B. dulcis. With B. dulcis it shares the thick, densely furry branchlets of the inflorescence. While being a common component of the native vegetation within its range, it has remained exceedingly rare in cultivation. It can be expected to thrive under most temperate conditions and be hardy to considerable freezes.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Got some seed from Las Vagas and planded them zip lock bag with paper towel and took 6 month to germinate.
Submitted on 10/11/2007 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy palm to germinate, they were all outside whith day temperatures in the 38ºc and night temperatures in the 35ºc, the subsequent growth is slow. Summer and winter outside in a mediterranean climate USDA zone 9
Submitted on 16/04/2007 by joao capelo bidwilli@hotmail.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
They are easy palms to germinate and only need heat to germinate, well even the seedlings stand the freezes and wet conditions in winter in a mediterranean climate.
Submitted on 23/02/2007 by joao capelo bidwilli@hotmail.com

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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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