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Geonoma brevispatha var. brevispatha

Cana preta

In its native countries of Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, and Paraguay, this small, clustering palm is widespread and fairly common; in cultivation, however, it is still likely to be a new introduction. It usually produces large clusters of slender stems that are a little more than an inch (2.5cm) in diameter, each topped with a compact crown of finely pinnate, recurving leaves. In its native habitat, the high plateau of southern and central Brazil and neighboring countries to 1600m (5200ft), it generally occupies wetter areas in a fairly dry environment. Unlike most Geonoma, it will take both deep shade and full sun, dry winds, and very cool conditions though only mild frosts, making it suitable for most warm temperate and tropical climates. We believe this palm will have a bright future in cultivation and we now have commercial quantities available for the first time ever and at a very good price.

 
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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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