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Coccothrinax montana

A beautiful, slender fan palm from high altitude in the mountains of Hispaniola that grows a skinny trunk with a small crown of robust, circular fan leaves. It has much larger seeds than any other Coccothrinax with the exception of C. crinita. A highly ornamental but slow growing gem for the tropical and warm temperate garden and due to its high altitude origin one of the cold hardiest species in the genus. It is alos one of the rarest Coccothrinax, both in the wild and in cultivation.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Using moderate bottom heat (75F) and overhead mist in a peat/sand mix, we had very good success sprouting this plant. we cleaned seeds thoroughly but otherwise did not treat. Seedlings grown in a cool-to-intermediate greenhouse quickly develop fan leaves. Hoping it will adapt as other cloud forest plants do to San Francisco's nearly-frost-free coolness.
Submitted on 08/04/2005 by Jason Dewees jason@palmsundae.com

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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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