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Xanthophyllum amoenum


A beautiful and unusual, round fruit with a yellow and green shell that is easily opened to reveal a spongy interior which encases the seed cavity. The fleshy, whitish arils surrounding the seed are sweet, pleasant and of a taste rather difficult to describe. The Iban use the fruit rind in making a saponiferous natural shampoo that is reputed to be wonderful for maintaining the glossiness of ones hair. It is not uncommon to see the fruit being sold and eaten on the spot and the rinds collected to dry for that purpose. A rare species with a lot of ornamental and horticultural potential, but little known outside of its range.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are average to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
this plant germinates rather easily, but the choice of media will determine succes of growth. at frist i used normal poting mixture. 1:1:1. the seed germinated but growth was poor. Luckily i put some seeds in the sand bed nursery because i was lazy to fill up so many polybags. It turned out the seeds grow better in river sand. Maybe it prefers a more forest like media. but transplanting to field will take more care as not to break the soil core and roots. In school we were taught not to use sand as polybag media,i prove that wrong!
Submitted on 20/08/2010 by low yew yi

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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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Suitable for: all

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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