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Dendroseris pruinata

Often called “giant dandelions” by aficionados, Dendroseris is a unique genus of shrubs or small trees in the Asteraceae family and thus related to the daisy and sunflower. Eleven species are known to exist, all of which are endemic to the tiny volcanic Juan Fernandez Archipelago off the coast of Chile in the Pacific. All of the species are considered extremely rare and endangered. Their precarious condition is attributable to introduced herbivores that prevent regeneration and cause serious habitat changes. Dendroseris pruinata is known only from Robinson Crusoe and Santa Clara Islands, where it is now only found clinging to steep, inaccessible, windswept cliffs at low elevations. The plants form multiple stems to about 3 m (10 ft.) tall, which are topped with rosette crowns of succulent, lanceolate, gray-green leaves and look somewhat similar to a trunking Aloe. It is a gorgeous ornamental with a unique flowering characteristic. Each stem is monocarpic and dies after producing a large, feathery inflorescence. Despite their absolute rarity, Dendroseris are as easy as lettuce to germinate and grow. They are adaptable and enjoy a variety of temperate and warm temperate climates in USDA zones 9 and 10. To our knowledge, seeds have never been commercially available before. An incredible offering!

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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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