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Allagoptera leucocalyx

A beautiful dwarf palm, widely distributed in Bolivia, Paraguay, northernmost Argentina and southern central Brazil where it grows in savanna on sandy soils to an altitude of 1000 m (3300 ft.), often forming dense stands. It forms a branching underground trunk that gives rise to a cluster of crowns with plumose fronds that are dark green above and silvery below. Due to its inland habitat it will resist more cold and drought than its popular cousin A. arenaria. It will do well in a warm temperate or tropical climate and can take moderate freezes. Despite being quite common in the wild, seeds are almost never offered.

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... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Three day soak changing water daily then into bags with slightly moist sphagnum. I prefer to (Triple bag) my seed to create a temperature buffer so the changes in temp are not so acute. This method seems to allow humidity to build up more evenly around the seed. I do not like zip lock bags as they are generally too small and the slightest rot causes stagnation. I use 1 garbage bag and two shopping bags inside tied at the top. After two weeks several seeds have germinated so far out of 50.
Submitted on 29/08/2007 by SCOTT CUMBERLAND scott.cumberland@visionstream.com.au

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
It's a very easy palm to germinate, requiring only heat and some moisture, and whitin a month all ten seeds came out, subsequent growyh is slow in a mediterranean climate (very cold and wet in winter and very hot and dry in summer) they are all outside USDA zone 9.
Submitted on 16/04/2007 by joao capelo bidwilli@hotmail.com

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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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