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Lepidorrhachis mooreana

Little Mountain Palm

The Little Mountain Palm is perhaps the least known of the four species of palms that grow on Lord Howe Island, a tiny dot in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Australia. In the past, fresh seeds have been difficult to obtain; now we have negotiated a regular supply. The palm itself is a short and stocky palm with leathery, pinnate leaves and a slender, slow-growing, ringed trunk--an adaptation, perhaps, to the extreme conditions it faces growing on exposed mountain tops in its island home. Able to withstand a few degrees of frost, it is an exciting addition to the list of palms that may be tried in the temperate garden, where it requires cool and moist conditions.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

...difficult to germinate and need more than 1 year to sprout.
I have followed the usual way I germinate other palms seeds with success, but this species seems to need a different way. My opinion is that it need a cool storage for better result. Germination has been long and without success. Rate of 10%
Submitted by Angelo Porcelli angelopalm69@inwind.it

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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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