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Zamia skinneri

Skinner's Zamia

Even though scientifically described as long ago as 1851, there have been uncountable misunderstandings and confusions surrounding this astounding plant. These seem to have recently been put to rest, at long last, through the description of a number of closely related taxa, namely Z. hamanii, Z. nesophila and Z. imperialis. In this understanding, the "true" Zamia skinneri is a moderately large cycad that forms a trunk to more than 2.4 m (8 ft.) tall, holding a crown of large leaves with giant, wide, elliptic, deeply "corrugated" or plicate leaflets to more than 50 cm (20 in.) long. The new flush of leaves is light green. It has fewer but larger leaflets than Z. nesophila and Z. neurophyllidia while Z. hamanii and Z. imperialis have larger leaflets and red emergent leaves. While Z. skinneri is relatively common in lowland tropical rainforest to 400 m (1300 ft.) throughout Bocas del Toro province, Panama, it is still very rare in cultivation as seeds are very difficult to find. In fact, most plants cultivated as Z. skinneri are actually the much more common Z. neurophyllidia. Z. skinneri is easy to grow and does best in all tropical and a few warm temperate climates. It appreciates a protected spot out of the sun and wind.

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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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