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Durio oxleyanus

Durian Isu

The Isu, as this wonderful and rare fruit from lowland rainforest in Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra is called by the Iban, is about 15 cm long, bright green and covered with curved spines. The flesh (aril) around the seed is of the highest quality, light yellow to orange and very sweet and agreeable. The fruit is hardly scented and thus more approachable for westerners who are easily scared by the often quite "smelly" durian. Durio oxyleanus is occasionally found in local markets in Malaysia, but most of the harvest comes from the forest when in season as the stately tree is rarely cultivated.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Durio oxleyanus Griff. Seeds are easy to germinate and need up to 2 weks to sprout. Seeds must be FRESH for success. Results of 100% can be obtained. do not need any treatment. After 4 months, the plant grow up to 60 cm in hight. We planted the seed in mixture of soil and compost. The seeds are very recalcitrant, must be planted soon or keep it up to two weeks. We collected the fallen fruit from Jambi Sumatra in December 2009. The taste is very suit and strong smell.
Submitted on 20/04/2010 by Mujahidin

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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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