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Dypsis sp. (White Petiole)

A small amount of seeds of this magnificent and apparently undescribed palm from Madagascar had first been brought into cultivation in the mid 1990's as D. tsarantananensis.Its origin had been lost subsequently, leading some to think it may even have gone extinct, the palm has now been found again in rainforests in the mountains of eastern central Madagascar. It has a few features that are reminiscent of D. bejofo and seems to be related to that species. In cultivation it is now mostly referred to as Dypsis sp. 'white petiole'. While it appears to be rather slow growing, at least in its early stages, it develops into a breathtakingly beautiful ornamental palm with white leaf stalks (petioles) and white leaf bases that fade into orange brown towards the base. The leafstalks and bases have a curious, soft, felt-like surface. The leaves are strongly keeled and beautifully recurving towards the tip and hold numerous, evenly arranged, stiff, deep dark green leaflets that contrast stunningly with the white petioles. The compact and much-branched flowering stalk is produced from among the leaves and at first protected by a pure white bract. It appears to be an excellent palm for the tropics but may also do well in frost free warm temperate climates.

 
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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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