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Calamus radicalis

Vicious Hairy Mary

Although a nasty palm when large -- densely covered from root to frond in fierce armament, its multiple trunks forming messy clusters that scramble up taller trees -- when still a baby it is quite well behaved and really cute, you would even allow it in the house. Not unlike the man eating crocodile native to the same region of Australia if you come to think of it! For hardened palmophiles only.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Remove skin from fresh seeds. Soak seeds in Water for 1 day, then place them in a black garbage bag and wrap the bag around them..Leave the bag in the sun until they get to about 40 deg, maintain that temperature for about 2hrs, then remove the seeds and plant them aproximatly 10mm deep into soil . During summer germination takes place after about 6 weeks. Very slow growing for first 2 years but attractive in juvenile stage.
Submitted on 26/12/2007 by Norm Silberling n.silberling@bigpond.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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Suitable for: all

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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