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Hydriastele wendlandiana

Wet or swampy areas in rainforests in northern Australia are the preferred habitat of this beautiful but uncommonly grown palm. It produces dense clusters of thin, canelike, but very tall stems. The leaves are broadly pinnate, with a large, fishtail shaped pair of leaflets at the tip. The showy red fruits are produced on short, stringlike fruit stalks below the crown. A most attractive palm for the humid tropics.

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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Keeps dying on me due to dry weather. Ive seen it grown at 650m asl which receives a light frost once a year, so it is possible to grow it in the subtropics if given wet feet. Grows well in full sun. Grows naturally in lowland tropical rainforests or sclerophyll forests around Cairns, north. From Kris
Submitted on 31/05/2005 by Kris Kupsch tropicalbotanics@hotmail.com

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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Lufkin Texas in USA they need average care and grow slow.
Small bifid seedlings are slow growing and prone to attacks of fungus. They do best in a humid atmosphere, heavy shade, and lightly fertilized. After approximately three years a 1m main stem with 2 or 3 basal suckers is ready to be planted in a sheltered position. Hydriastele can be moved if necessary, quite large specimens transplanting well. Cultivated and irrigated specimens fruit throughout the year. Common Names: Florence Falls Palm Latrum Palm
Submitted on 01/11/2008 by Shirley A Billingsley

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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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