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Dypsis oropedionis

Plateau Palm

A tall and beautiful palm of the eastern central high plateaux on Madagascar, where it grows in remnants of dry evergreen forest between 1100 and 1500 m (3600 to 4900 ft.). Like so many Madagascar palms, it is critically endangered and its only chance for survival may lie in cultivation. It has a slender, ringed trunk and a spreading crown of large, densely plumose leaves. Due to its high altitude habitat it should prove to be well adapted to warm temperate as well as tropical climates and should not be harmed by an occasional freeze. D. oropedionis is a new introduction to cultivation and has the most promising prospects of becoming a hugely popular, easy and fast growing landscaping palm that would lend itself very well to commercial production.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are average to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
or longer to germinate, just plant them in a place where they wont dry out too much, and forget about them, come back in half a year or so. i only had 3 germinate, coming back after some time weeds comered the box cos i thought they had died, they would have experienced alot of dry times, good ole perlite saved there life i think, and the weedy grass must have kept them sheltered and humid as well. after half a yr i found anouth 5 growing, i lost 2 in transplanting them into pots, they look now like they have stopped moving. i give them 10%
Submitted on 21/11/2009 by Adam-Grant SydneyPalms.com.au

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
If these haven't germinated by the time they arrive they will soon after. 25% germination on arrival. Soaked others for 24 hours changing twice, then placing on moist perlite with covering of moist spaghnum moss inside pastic takeaway container and kept between 25C-32C. After 1 month 60% germination with seedlings growing strongly. A palm in real trouble in the wild that needs introduction into gardens and probably suits Southern California and Australian climates really well.Real easy.
Submitted on 13/10/2004 by Tyrone Cripps tynat98@hotmail.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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