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Dicksonia thyrsopteroides

An absolutely beautiful and stunning small tree fern from the mountains of southern New Caledonia with a rough, hairy trunk to about 2 m (7 ft.) tall, spreading, tripinnate fronds to about 1.5 m (5 ft.) long, held by the most amazing glossy black leaf stalks. The emerging fronds are densely covered in reddish brown hairs. The fertile parts of the fronds are unique in the genus in that they have a leaf surface reduced to mere stalks for the spore capsules (sori). Dicksonia thyrsopteroides is rare in cultivation but should adapt well to a range of warm temperate climates.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Germination is quite easy (on sterile soil), growth of plants will have to prove itself in time...
Submitted on 07/07/2010 by Remko

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I sowed some Dicksonia thyrsopteroides spore on sterilised compost and placed the sealed container in a heated propagator, at around 21C, in good light. Germination began in 7 days.
Submitted on 27/04/2010 by Sheila Tiffin

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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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