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Geonoma mooreana

An amazingly elegant small palm native to rainforests on the Atlantic slope in western Panama between about 100 and 1200 m (330 and 3900 ft.) with thin stems and beautiful, flat, slightly arching, very finely pinnate leaves with narrow leaflets that have very thin, lax tips. The new leaf unfolds in a pretty pink tone. The much branched inflorescence is red and carries small, round fruit which are black when ripe. It would make a splendid ornamental but is barely known in cultivation. It would be best suited to a protected spot in the tropical or warm temperate garden.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
I bought 20 of these seeds from RPS. I soaked them in water for 48 hours and gave them a quick bath in some fungiside. I put them in a pot of miraclegrow seedling mix and supplied bottom heat. After 4 months I decided to try a different media, so I checked the sedds and about 1/2 had decayed. I repotted the remaining seeds in a 50/50 mix of perlite and vermiculite, and put the seed container in a shady spot outside(I live in central Florida). Day temps ranged from 90 - 100 degrees fahrenheit. I brought the seeds in when temps dropped down to low 20's. when I did i noticed several shoots with seeds attached. 5 of the seeds have sprouted, and and 3 of the leftover seeds have germinated(no sprout yet), for now. I guess I need to be patient!
Submitted on 27/03/2012 by edward

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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Perak in Malaysia they need average care and grow fast.
This palm grow's quite fast and the beautiful foliage just catches everyone's eye. The leaves are big but the stem is thin and handsome. An excellent plant for people with less space for growing a palm !It doesn't need to be repotted frequently as the root system is small. Do need a little support for the stems though. I'm growing it in total shade in a pot. It grows quite well in a pot. I've been growing it for about a year now.
Submitted on 12/02/2012 by Ali

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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.

We recommend:
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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Suitable for: all

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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