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Calamus scipionum

Semambu Rattan

A vigorous, large, clustering Rattan, widely distributed in lowland rainforests and secondary forests to 500 m (1600 ft.) from the Malay Peninsula to Sumatra, Borneo and the Philippines. The slender stems are about 5 cm (2 in.) in diameter including the leaf sheaths and can reach a length of more than 50 m (170 ft.), with internodes of more than 1 m (3 ft.). The palm climbs into large trees with flagella, spiny, whip-like organs of the leaf sheath, that can be more than 7 m (23 ft.) long. The elegantly arching leaves hold numerous, broad, lax, regularly arranged leaflets to 40 cm (16 in.) long and do not have cirri. The long inflorescences produce bunches of greenish or yellowish white, scaly fruits. Calamus scipionum produces very durable stems of outstanding quality and is the source of the famed true Malacca canes, often called the king of canes because of their low weight, durability and beautiful, smooth, dark golden finish without steps, the result of this species very long internodes.

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

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

2nd edition
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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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