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Calyptrocalyx awa

Awa Palm

A fantastic new and undescribed palm from New Guinea. It is a clustering undergrowth palm of very modest size that will ultimately reach about 3 m (10 ft.) tall. Its very thick and robust leaves are usually undivided and have a bluish tinge. The emerging leaves are colored in brilliant shades of pink. Despite its rarity, it is easy to grow and will be happy in a shady place in the tropical or warm subtropical garden. Like most Calyptrocalyx, it also does well indoors.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Calyptrocalyx spp. one of the fastest sprouter among palms and these seeds proved this fact on 100%. All (!) 10 seeds sprouted on 3rd day of pre-soaking in warm water. Then the seeds were sown in slightly moist peat at constant 28 d.C. Irrigation was done by spraying with warm water once the top of soil started dry out. Sadly, I left the seedlings in warm place and forgot to water them for 4 days - soil dried out and they all died. Would like to try this palm again...
Submitted on 26/06/2003 by Sergei Leonov serileonov@hotmail.com

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

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

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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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