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Whitfordiodendron nieuwenhuisii

Giant Peanut Vine

A climbing plant in the legume family (Fabaceae), found in the primary rainforests of Borneo, where it climbs tall trees. Its attactive red flowers are produced in clusters on the lower parts of its stem, sometimes even on the forest floor, and are followed by seed pods that resemble giant peanuts. Each cluster may hold up to about 20 pods, which contain one to three large seeds (nuts). When still immature, the pods are collected by the native people to extract the soft, young seeds. They have to be boiled for a while, with three changes of water to render them suitable for eating. The boiled seeds are eaten as a vegetable, with a taste not unlike that of potato, or as a snack. When fully ripe, the pods will drop from the vine and split open to expose the very hard seeds, which germinate quickly in moist soil. Each mature seed weighs from about 80 to 160 grams. An extremely rare and little known "fruit".

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
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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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