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Dracaena cubensis

Moa Dragon Tree

Considered a relic and living fossil because its closest relatives are native to Africa and Asia and their common ancestors date back to a time when the New and Old World were still one continent, this Dragon Tree occupies a highly specialized habitat and is found only on soils derived from serpentine rocks in eastern Cuba, alongside palms such as Coccothrinax moaensis. It grows slender, cane-like stems that hold elongated crowns of narrow, recurving leaves. In cultivation it remains largely unknown.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
As most dracaena seeds are very hard, I tend to soak them for a long time. In this case, 9 days. They were then potted in a clear plastic box with commercial seed mix which was moist. The box was sealed with weekly airing. Temperature was in the mid 90F during the day and 80F at night. They started to pop up after 33 days. Now I am proud to say I am the 1st guy in Malaysia to own this rare plant! Great work rps Toby!!
Submitted on 02/03/2008 by Tog Tan, Malaysia togtan@streamyx.com

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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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