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Dasylirion longissimum

Hidalgo Grass Tree

A wonderful palm-like plant from the Mexican States of San Luis Potosí, Queretaro and Hidalgo, where it grows between 1500 and 1900 m. It resembles an Australian grass tree in overall appearance, although not closely related. It has narrow leaves with finely toothed edges that form a large, spherical crown on top of a thick, robust trunk that can reach 4 m tall despite its rather slow growth. Dasylirion longissimum ia a landscape plant for dramatic effects, even when young, it is hardy to both drought and moderate freezes. Many plants in cultivation that are labeled D. longissimum are actually D. quadrangulatum. D. longissimum is similar, but a slightly smaller plant with more grayish leaves that is rather rare in cultivation.

 
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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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