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Clinostigma savoryana

Bonin Islands Palm

A fascinating and very beautiful palm that is native only to the remote Ogasawara (Bonin) Islands, a small group of ragged volcanic islands far off the coast of Japan in the Pacific Ocean. One of the smaller species of Clinostigma, it grows a slender, smooth, light gray trunk that supports a light green crownshaft with a whitish waxy hue. The slender, pinnate leaves are elegantly arching, their leaflets distinctly drooping. Its habitat lies further north than that of any other closely related palm and it is reputedly more cold tolerant than any other Clinostigma. The Bonin Islands Palm is the only one in its genus that can be successfully grown in frost free warm temperate climates such as southern California, however, rumor has it that many plants in cultivation labeled as C. savoryana are not actually this species. Our seeds were obtained directly from Ogasawara and are guaranteed to be fresh, correctly identified and unhybridized, not an easy task due to the remoteness of the islands and the fact that the palm is strictly protected there.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
1 - 3 months, easily grown, i used coconut fiber. normal moisture, maybe a little too much in my case. they looked like shredded weeds when i planted mine into pots, they were hardy and took some dryness as i remember, only lost a couple, but when i planted them in pots, i went on holidays for 2 weeks and the weeds got in them and it was a hot period... during winter and the weeds then they were pretty good. roughly 50% grew, in pots about 50cms tall they grow slowly and dont like australias sun, must be the ozone layer thing, cos in sydney even though it might not be that hot, the sun will get you.
Submitted on 21/11/2009 by Adam-Grant SydneyPalms.com.au

...very difficult to germinate.
No luck with this one, tried half in plasticbag with spaghnam moss and half in aspecialty seed raising mix both on bottom heat. No sign of germination after 7 Months.
Submitted on 28/09/2005 by Alan Hancox alanhancox@clear.net.nz

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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

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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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