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Phytelephas tenuicaulis

Elegant Ivory Nut Palm

Perhaps the most attractive of the ivory nut palms, this species is found in seasonally flooded tropical forests in the western Amazon in southern Colombia, Ecuador and northern Peru. It produces one or several slender trunks to 7 m tall, with a large crown of flat leaves that have evenly arranged leaflets, giving it a neat and elegant appearance. The large fruits are held in tight clusters below the crown. The seeds used to be harvested for the manufacture of buttons and other commodities before the invention of plastics and are now regaining popularity as an alternative to ivory. They are somewhat lengthy to sprout (use deep pots as they produce a long sinker), but once above the ground, seedlings are pretty fast growing and easy to maintain. It is a nice and rarely grown palm that looks best in the tropical and frost free warm temperate garden if somewhat protected from high winds. Despite its very tropical origin, Phytelephas tenuicaulis is surprisingly adaptable.

 
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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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