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Hyphaene dankaliensis

Afar Doum Palm

If you are looking for a palm that can grow on salt, this is it! Yes, you are reading right, salt! This shrubby Hyphaene populates salt flats, in some places it even seems to grow on encrusted salt banks, where the ground looks white, as if covered in freshly fallen snow, a most incredible sight especially when you can feel the unbelievable heat that characterizes this area. The Afar Depression, between Eritrea, Ethiopia and Djibouti, includes the lowest point in Africa and one of the hottest places on earth. It also experiences very low rainfall and it is a miracle anything can grow here. Hyphaene dankaliensis in most places forms a low shrub with a forking trunk growing along the ground. Only in the most favorable locations it can grow taller and develop a modest aboveground trunk. The leaves vary from green to gray and are held by beautiful, bright yellow leaf stalks which are armed with black thorns along their margins. Botanically it is close to H. thebaica and some consider it synonymous with that species.

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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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