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Chamaedorea pochutlensis

A beautiful palm with clustering, slender, green, cane-like stems and elegantly arching, glossy green, pinnate leaves with numerous wide segments, generally similar to and frequently confused with C. costaricana. Native to rainforests, and in the higher elevations moist oak forests between near sea level and 2000 m (6600 ft.) altitude it is found scattered along the coastal ranges of the Sierra Madre on the Pacific in Mexico from Sinaloa south to Oaxaca. Because of its adaptability it makes a magnificent ornamental for the tropics as well as for any temperate climate that does not experience more than an occasional light freeze. It looks best in filtered light and also adapts very well to indoor conditions.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I surface planted about 15 seed in damp perlite (buried to only about half their diameter) in a sealed plastic container with mild bottom heat (max 20C). Within 2 weeks at least 50% have germinated
Submitted on 11/10/2009 by Ray Longhurst

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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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