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Allagoptera caudescens

Buri Palm

A very handsome feather-leaved palm with a dense crown of spreading, leathery leaves, dark green above and silvery below, atop a slim trunk. Easily recognized by its oversized corn-on-the-cob-like spicate infructescence. Native to the Atlantic Coastal Forest in Brazil, it is often found on sandy soils. The Buri Palm grows slowly but steadily and does well in a tropical or warm temperate climate, as long as it does not experience more than a light freeze. Young plants with their usually large, undivided leaves also make superb conservatory specimens. Seeds of this beautiful palm are rarely available.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are average to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
I used a ziplock bag with neemcoir at around 30 degrees Celcius. These seeds seem to germinate erradically. First batch I had, 3 seeds germinated after just a couple of weeks and the rest took many months. What exactly trriggers germination is not clear to me. I hope to have a little more succes with the next batch.
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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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