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Caryota obtusa (China)

Giant Fishtail Palm

This little known plant grows in wet forests the mountains of southern China from the foothills of the Himalayas eastwards to northernmost Vietnam, where it seems to be associated with limestone outcrops. While it exhibits the same general habit as the C. obtusa from India and Thailand, it is altogether smaller in stature, forming a more slender and shorter trunk. The few, magnificent, flat, large leaves are reminiscent of a giant tree fern. The seeds are similar to but much smaller than those of the Thai and Indian forms.

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very easy to germinate and need up to 1 mont to spraut. soaked in water for 2 days an planted in moist pitin plastick container 85% germination in 20 days submitted on 02/04/2008
Submitted on 03/04/2008 by louis richardson louis2palm@hotmail.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I find Caryota Obtusa very easy to germinate although many would disagree. I started with only 1 mother plant but I was able to produce and sell more than 250 plants. And right now I have about 75+ seeds already germinated and more coming. What I do is, I picked the fruit at its ripest moment(the color will be Deep Red and the fruit will be very soft to touch). I will then extract the seeds from the fruit making sure that the seeds are clean and that there are as little fruit remains as possible. I will then soak the seeds in B1 liquid(3/4) and water(1/4) mixture then seal it in an air-tight container. After 4-5 weeks the small roots will be visible and they are now ready for planting. Use a mixture of sterile perlite, coir dust and garden soil for your medium in planting the seeds.
Submitted on 14/02/2008 by Elton Mark C. Jimenez eltonmarkjimenez@yahoo.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.
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