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Dicksonia blumei

Blume's Tree Fern

A stunning tree fern with a trunk to about 6 m (20 ft.) tall and broad, bi- or tripinnate fronds to about 2 m (7 ft.) long with leafstalks and bases densely covered in thick reddish hairs, making for a gorgeous show plant. It is not uncommon on ridges and in steep valleys in montane rain and cloud forests between 1500 and 2500 m (4900 and 8200 ft.) from Sumatra and Java to New Guinea and the Philippines. A very adaptable species, it does well in a wide range of climates, from hot tropical to warm temperate and even tolerates an occasional light freeze with minor damage. It likes bright light and can grow in full sun in humid climates.

 
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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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