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Cryosophila guagara

Guágara Palm

Once common in the subcanopy of lowland rainforests in coastal southwestern Costa Rica and northern Panama, this palms habitat has been much reduced by logging. It grows a slender, straight, brown trunk that is usually less spiny than some of the other species in the genus. The circular, palmate leaves are white underneath, which shows well when the leaves are moving in a breeze. It can easily be told apart from other Cryosophila by its mostly persistent, papery inflorescence bracts. It is rather rare in cultivation but easy and relatively quick to grow and a rewarding ornamental for the tropics.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Ordered 10 seeds from RPS that looks like choco mint balls. Soaked the seeds overnight in tap water and then put the seeds indiviaually in small pots in a warm position but rather in the shade. I used combination of sand, compost and cocofibex mix equally. Germination starts on the 8th weeks and the 1st sprout of silvery stem appears 2 weeks later. Of the 10 seeds 3 germinated already and the other 7 looks like they are about to do the same anytime soon.
Submitted on 19/07/2010 by Joel

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Plants from this species ...

Grown in chiriqui in panama.
this is an easy to grow palm, it grows well in sun and shade, but prefers shade, it is relativly slow to get going, but once established is moderatly fast, it grows well in rich humus type soils, is partialy drought tolerant, it dors get attacked by rhino beetles but apart from that is desease free. moves well. does not take to much space up,and is a wonderful specimen to have,
Submitted on 21/03/2010 by steven walker

... are of excellent ornamental value
In chiriqui. 750 feet elevation in panama they need very little care and grow fast.
likes a very well drained soil, with humus or mulch layer, tolerates very wet spells here in Panama, and a 3-4 month dry period, has few pests. transplants easily and is quite a fast grower. we grow them in the ground and in pots. they prefer shade but tolerate full sun
Submitted on 02/02/2010 by steven walker(palm hunter)

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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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