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Zamia hamannii

Hamann's Zamia

Formerly confused with Zamia skinneri, this recently described, stunning new cycad sports huge, ribbed leaflets to 65 cm (26 in.) long and a spectacular, reddish-golden to almost silvery-orange new flush of leaves. It is native only to a small island off the Caribbean coast of western Panama, where it grows close to the sea. Unfortunately it is under immediate threat of extinction through clearing of its forest habitat and through larger plants being chopped down for use as an aphrodisiac. Only a few hundred adult plants remain. In cultivation, it will do best in a tropical or frost free warm temperate climate but is very rare and even seedlings fetch a price of several hundred dollars.

 
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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Shipped with sclerotia (on to help prevent germination while shipping) Soaked 24 hours, cleaned and placed in very slightly moistened peat and held at 85-95 F 9 0f 10 germnated within 2 weeks
Submitted on 21/03/2010 by Michael Matthews

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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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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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