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Calyptrocalyx albertisianus

A midsized palm from primary rainforest in New Guinea, this is one of the larger species of Calyptrocalyx. Its distinguishing features are a long and undivided flower spike that carries fairly large, red fruits when mature, and a beautiful pinkish red, new leaf with wide leaflets. Essentially a palm for the humid tropics, it appreciates a protected spot ideally under some canopy and is a delightful palm that also makes a good pot plant when young.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
When received 8 seeds, they just sprout. But after planting, were very slow growing. Temp about 22~30c.
Submitted on 16/01/2008 by Nobuo Fujiwara kaidaao.medamayaki@docomo.ne.jp

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
This is the first time for me to germinate this species. Just used plastic zip-lock and peat moss. Put your seed and peat moss into a zip-lock bag and keep is warm. Many of them will germinated within 1 week.
Submitted on 20/08/2007 by Jakkrit Jakkrit_Mn@yahoo.com

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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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