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Dypsis lantzeana

A very pretty, small Dypsis from lowland rainforest in northeastern Madagascar that produces a very thin, solitary or rarely clustered stem to no more than 4 m (13 ft.) tall, holding numerous, short-stalked leaves that are entire and undivided or split into a few, broad segments. The new emergent leaf is reddish-pink and the inflorescence intensively red. A beautiful, dainty palm for the understory in the tropical garden, still rare in cultivation.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
The 100+ sds were soaked for 2 days with daily water change. They were then sown into a clear plastic box with just a moist commercial seed mix. The day temp was in the mid 90F and the night around 80F. They started popping up on the 29th day. Now 1 month later, I have 60% germinated. I have since opened the box lid and put the box into a clear plastic bag tied at the top with a rubber band. The sprouts are quite small, so I will keep them in this 'com' pot/box for at least another 2 months before transplanting them into individual pots. Growth is good.
Submitted on 12/09/2008 by Tog Tan, Malaysia

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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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