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Cyphophoenix nucele

Lifou Palm

The small, native population of this very rare palm on tiny Lifou Island near New Caledonia is highly threatened by forest clearing, and less than 100 mature trees remain on the island today. Fortunately, C. nucele has many virtues that could make it a very successful palm for cultivation. Seeds sprout readily and plants are easy and fairly fast growing. It will do well in subtropical and tropical climates, is adaptable to a range of soils, and will take some coastal exposure. The Lifou Palm will produce a slender, green trunk, a white crownshaft and a dense crown of dark green, erect, feather-shaped leaves with a very short petiole.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Good germination rate. Soaked 10 seeds in warm water for 2 days. Placed in Peat/bark/humus mix and sealed with a plastic bag. Temperatures between 75F-85F. Within 3 weeks 9 of 10 had germinated.
Submitted on 19/12/2007 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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