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Clinostigma harlandii

Clinostigma are doubtlessly some of the world's most graceful palms, and C. harlandii from cloud forests at 1000 m (3300 ft) on Vanuatu in the Southwest Pacific is no exception. It grows a tall, slender, smooth, waxy trunk, supported by a cone of stilt roots, and topped by a long, dark green, waxy crownshaft and an elegant crown of feathery, arching leaves. It is an aggressively fast grower, does well in the humid tropical or subtropical garden, and is one of the few in the genus that will tolerate cooler temperatures (but no frost).

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Seeds from this species ...

... are difficult to germinate.
Bought some of these but they never germinated. Had them in a very humid (80%) warm (30%c) glass house. Used the normal seedling mix of perlite peat sand. Eventually after a few months seed tested to find empty shells. The seed looked dusty dry on sowing so I think fresh seed might do better.
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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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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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