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Cycas multipinnata

Royal Sago

It is hard to find words to describe the amazing beauty of this cycad, which is undoubtedly the very best of its genus, and certainly among the best of all cycads. A short, mostly underground caudex to 25 cm (10 in.) in diameter gives rise to just one or two large, ascending leaves with elegantly arching tips, that can reach a length of up to 4 m (13 ft.). The complexly branched, broad, dark bluish green and highly glossy leaflets are arranged in a rather flat, only slightly keeled leaf surface that does not produce the very bushy appearance like the leaves of the closely related C. debaoensis do, itsself a magnificent species that, nevertheless, is put in the shade by the intricate leaf design of C. multipinnata. Native to two small areas in Southeast Asia, the Red River gorge in eastern Yunnan, China and Yen Bai Province in northern Vietnam, it grows in evergreen forests on steep limestone slopes. As with so many plants, C. multipinnata is endangered by the deforestation of its habitat and its caudexes being taken from the wild for horticulture, a practice that has a long tradition, especially in China, and is aided by the international demand among certain cycad collectors for mature plants.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soak the seed in water for 2-3 days (seeds soaked in aquarium - there's constant temperature and fresh water). Water temperature was 30 degrees (C). Seeds buried halfway into the soil. The composition of the soil: the soil for plants: perlite: vermiculite - 2: 0,5: 0,5. Seeds germinated at a temperature of 25 - 28 degrees.
Submitted on 30/09/2010 by Aleksandr

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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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