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Cycas elephantipes

Elephant Foot Sago

A medium-sized cycad from dry woodland on a sandstone massif in northern Thailand with a fairly slender trunk that has a massively swollen base (like an Elephant's foot) and grey-green leaves. This species has only recently been described and is seriously endangered in its natural habitat.

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Seeds from this species ...

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Yes, seeds are germinating very slowly, but on the other hand they need no special condition for germination. A had about 20 seeds, first roots appear after 1 month, but most of them between 2-4 month. I had total 16 beatufull seedling, but the rest 4 seeds did not germinate even after 8 month after sowing. At the beginning this species makes trouble, but plants are already trobule free and they have quite big growing rates.
Submitted on 22/04/2005 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
I only hyad one seed of this from another supplier, I soaked for 3 days then put in a bag of steralised mix of mainly perlite and multipurpose.The seed germinated after a few months kept in the airing cupboard just moist.Slow to get growing.
Submitted on 03/07/2004 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Slow germinator, after several months the seed shell appears to split this split runs a little then the radicle emerges from within.Just needs patience. Sown in steralised baggies of perlite and multi purpose compost in a baggie in airing cupboard just moist
Submitted on 26/03/2004 by one of our visitors

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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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