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Cyphosperma tanga

Taqwa Palm

A jaw-droppingly gorgeous palm with a slender, smooth, chocolate-brown trunk to about 5 m (16 ft.) tall which holds an upright crown of large, undivided leaves to about 3 m (10 ft.) long. The pea-sized fruits mature from green over yellow and orange to bright red. It is native to the understory of very wet, mossy, montane forest on volcanic soils between 600 and 900 m (2000 and 3000 ft.) on the rocky slopes of Mt. Tomanivi, Fiji's highest mountain, located in the northern part of the island of Viti Levu. With only one small population surviving today, it is considered critically endangered. This palm has apparently not been in cultivation anywhere in the world, which makes its status in the wild even more a reason for concern. Although there are of course no experiences with its cultivation, it should be reasonable to assume that it is similarly easy to propagate as its New Caledonian relative C. balansae and would thrive under the same conditions, i.e. in a protected spot under some canopy, in well drained soil but with plenty of water, in a mild tropical or perhaps warm temperate climate that does not experience excessive heat, cold or drought.

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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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