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Licuala dasyantha

Vietnamese Paradise Palm

This little known small palm is native to rainforests in northern Vietnam between 100 and 1000 m and reaches just over the border into southern China (Guangxi). It forms an underground or briefly erect trunk to 1.5 m tall that holds a dense crown of fairly large, beautifully mottled, light and dark green leaves to 1 m in diameter with a few wide segments, similar to the magnificent L. mattanensis Mapu. While not as spectacular as the ultra-tropical Mapu, it has the advantage of being much more tolerant of cool conditions and will actually grow successfully not only in tropical but also in warm temperate climates, where it appreciates a protected spot in filtered light.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Upon receipt, each seed was soaked for 24 hours and then placed in an opaque plastic drinking cup filled with equal parts of moist but not wet peat, vermiculite, and perlite. Each cup was sealed in a 1 quart plastic bag. Temperatures ranged from minimum of 78F (25. 5C) at night to a maximum of 95F (35C) during the day. 4 weeks have past and 50% of the seeds germinated. In fact, the first signs of greening are apparent on a few of the sprouts. Clearly, these seeds must have been quite fresh.
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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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