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Pinus maximartinezii

Martínez Piñon

One of the world's rarest pines, this beautiful species is found only in a small area in southern Zacatecas, Mexico, where it forms part of a dry montane forest between 1600 and 2600 m (5200 and 8500 ft.). Closely related to P. pinceana, it grows into a medium-sized tree, to 16 m (50 ft.) tall, with a broad, occasionally somewhat irregular crown on a short, stocky trunk. The dense, stiff, threadlike leaves can reach 23 cm (9 in.) long and have a wonderful bluish color. The large cones can weigh up to 2 kg (4.5 lb), take over two years to mature and produce the largest seeds of any pine. Pinus maximartinezii is endangered in habitat apparently because of the excessive collection of the seeds for human consumption (pine nuts) as well as grazing livestock and fires that prevent young trees from succeeding. It makes a stunning ornamental but is still extremely rare in cultivation.

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... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
It will place underwater for one day. It will bud in several days.
Submitted on 19/09/2013 by TAK S.

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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.

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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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