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Trithrinax schizophylla

Seeing a group of these palms growing by the side of the road in Argentina one evening, we stopped the jeep for a closer look. Immediately upon reaching the palms, we were surrounded by clouds of hungry mosquitos that were not in the least put off by our repellent spray, which provoked us into giving this formerly un-common-named palm the title "Mosquito Palm." We were bitten half to death and soon beat a hasty retreat, lingering only to take some photographs. Ah the joys of palm hunting! As for the trees themselves, those who dislike spines on palms should perhaps skip the next bit, as these have armament up to 45 cm (18 in.) long! These spines, which are like knitting needles, grow around the trunk and cover it in an intricate pattern. It really is a bizarre sight, which, together with its stiff, blue green leaves, adds to this palm's uniqueness and beauty. For those more heavily into Trithrinax, it may be said that these seeds originate from the larger and more robust "true" T. schizophylla of NW Argentina and Bolivia, not of those populations known as T. biflabellata! See the South African Palm Society's PALM ENTHUSIAST Vol.14, No.2 and other issues for more information. We can now offer premium quality seeds at an all time low price, a third of what it used to be just a couple of years ago.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I have about 1100 seeds (rcvd 12/02) of this palm and sowed them in a flat with a mix of (mostly) peat and perlite. I keeo the soil damp and at a minimum temperature of 85f. I have plastic suspended above the seed bed to increase the humidy to vary between 60 and 90%. The seeds are germinating at a high percentage. I have 100 sown the same way but without overhead plastic and the germination, to this point is quite lower. The first seeds started germinating at 4 weeks.Based on this, I would say that if lack the ability to heat beds of seeds, this palm should respond to the baggie method.
Submitted on 06/02/2003 by Lowell psalm117@usa.net

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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
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

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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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