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Cycas longipetiolula

Even though Ken Hill considers this cycad to be synonymous with Cycas bifida and interprets it as part of "a hybrid swarm" between this species and C. multipinnata, we are listing it here as described by Dingyue Wang in CYCADS IN CHINA. Native to monsoonal forest along Yunnans Yuanjiang River valley, it has a highly distinctive appearance, sporting several tall, arching, bipinnate leaves to just over 4 m (14 ft.) long, supported by a short, mostly underground caudex. The leaflets have pretty, undulate margins and are held on short stalks or "petiolules". In cultivation, it appreciates a warm temperate or tropical climate with plenty of rainfall. It can sustain cool conditions but is not hardy to more than an occasional short freeze.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are average to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Cycas seed is not difficult to germinate if you can get the viable seed . For the seed that ready to sowing , it will take time around 1 month for first seed sprouted . Any seed that does not sprout within 2 month will be damage and not viable anymore . The important factor to sprouting of Cycas seed is fertilization when female cone produces .Soak your seed with water plus fungicide for 1 day (maybe include vitamin to speed up the germination) .
Submitted on 01/02/2007 by Jakkrit Jakkrit_Mn@yahoo.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.

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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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