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Dictyosperma album var. conjugatum

Round Island Hurricane Palm

The smallest of the three varieties of Dictyosperma is native only to tiny Round Island in the Indian Ocean. It has a short, stout trunk and a prominent, pale crownshaft. The arching leaves form a dense, full crown. The tips of the leaflets are joined together by almost persistent reins running along the edge of the leaf and making this variety immediately recognizable. It grows steadily given a sunny position and adequate water and feed, and will succeed in tropical, subtropical, and some warm temperate areas. The Round Island Hurricane Palm can also take considerable coastal exposure.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Collected 25 fresh seeds from a tree. Left to soak for 3 days then removed the fruit flesh. The cleaned seeds were place in 90F water for 2 days (water changed twice daily). Seeds were then dried for 3 hours in sunlight and planted in moist Miracle grow potting mix: perlite (1:1) and covered with about 1/4 inch of soil. Container was placed on top of my DSL modem (about 90-100F). Seeds were watered every 2-3 days. After 3 weeks first shoot appeared. 90% Germination rate after 7 weeks. The seedlings are now 4 months and 5" tall.
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...difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Germinated seeds in moist peat moss in zip lock bag kept on top of water heater. So far, one seed has germinated taking 11 weeks to do so.
Submitted on 10/12/2003 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.

We recommend:
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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Suitable for: all

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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