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Dypsis ambositrae

Ambositra Palm

A highly endangered palm from the high plateau in Central Madagascar at 1300 to 1500 m (4200 to 4900 ft.), where a few plants survive in forest remnants. It grows a moderately sized, smooth, ringed trunk to about 7 m (23 ft.) tall that carries a grayish crownshaft and a crown of gracefully arching, V-shaped leaves with the stiff leaflets drooping at the tip. The Ambositra Palm is an elegant, tough, and easy to grow ornamental that will do well in cool tropical, subtropical, and warm temperate areas, where it handles the cold and even some freezing. It could have a bright future in cultivation, especially now that seeds are finally available at a very reasonable price. Hurry to get some before they are all gone.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Hard to be any easier when 3 of the 10 seeds from rarepalmseeeds.com had germinated During Shipment. 4 more in moist spagnum in a clear baggie germinated in three weeks, 3 more two weeks later.
Submitted on 11/08/2005 by Mike Stephenson nvrdul@gmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
20 seeds received. Soaked 2 days in water with changing every 12h. 5 seeds floated. The 15 remaining were put in a sealed bag with moist vermiculite and stored in a warm chamber. The 5 floating seeds were also put in a separated bag. After 45 days, all but one seed sprouted in the first bag and none in the second one. Viable seeds are very easy to germinate.
Submitted on 23/02/2004 by Paulo Beraldi paulo.beraldi@uol.com.br

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Soaked for 1-2 days, planted in container of sand and potting soil, covered with plastic, kept warm. 1st seedling up in 3 months.
Submitted on 01/03/2003 by Steve Flynn sflynn22@mac.com

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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.

 
       
 
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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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