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Bromelia karatas

Plumier's Bromelia

A terrestrial bromeliad, up to 3 m tall, distributed from southern Mexico and the Caribbean south to Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador, where it grows in savannas, scrublands and deciduous forests, at elevations up to 1500 m. It forms rosettes of upright, lanceolate leaves with sharp spines along the margins, bright green above and grayish green below. As the plant matures, the leaves closer to the center of the rosette change their color to red while the ones at the exterior remain green. It develops an inflorescence with a multitude of pink-purple flowers with a whitish base, followed by juicy, edible berries covered by a yellowish-brown husk. The fruits are traditionally used to prepare a refreshing drink called “Atol de Pina” and are much appreciated for their appealing, sweet-sour taste. The fruits ship well and are now being considered as a potential new crop for larger scale production. Bromelia karatas tolerates poor soils and drought and it is a very attractive, multi-purpose plant for tropical and warm-temperate regions.

 
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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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