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Eleiodoxa conferta

Native to the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo, this palm is not uncommonly seen in steamy coastal swamp forests, where it forms large, impenetrable, thickets. The short, clustering, underground stems give rise to crowns of very large, erect, pinnate leaves to 8 m (27 ft.) tall with wide leaflets and long, spiny leafstalks. In Malysia, the palm is known as asam paya, asam kelubi or buah maram. While the edible fruits are not exactly for snacking, unless you enjoy munching on lemons, they are widely sought after for cooking. The locals harvest them immature and use them for seasoning much like the yellow citrus fruit mentioned above is used elsewhere. Eleiodoxa conferta is fast growing but very rarely encountered in cultivation, where it is undoubtedly best suited to tropical climates with abundant water and will do well even in waterlogged situations.

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... are average to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Wrap the fresh seeds in wet paper towel, ensure it's wet and warm, should germinate in 2 weeks time.Transfer to pot filled with mix of clay/sand. And mulch with compost. Aishah, Malaysia
Submitted on 14/08/2006 by Norasiah Jamil zulugirl70@yahoo.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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