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Archontophoenix tuckeri

Peach Creek Palm

Native to rain and swamp forests at low and medium elevations on the Cape York Peninsula, this robust Archontophoenix is generally similar to A. alexandrae, but easily distinguished by the larger seeds. It forms a tall, smooth trunk which holds a long, pale green crownshaft and a dense crown of elegantly arching leaves. It is well suited to cultivation in tropical regions but, like A. alexandrae, it is adaptable and will also do well in most warm temperate zones. With a plentiful supply of water it will develop at breathtaking speed.

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... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
This species is much slender than the other Archontophoenix species. Within the subtropics (outside of its tropical range) this species can tolerate temperatures down to 0 if protected within other vegetation. It is in form like a giant Ptychosperma elegans crossed with an A. alexandrae. The fruit are rather ellipsoid and germinate within three months during the summer months at least. Occurs north of Coen on Cape York Penninsula and is the most 'tropical' - northern species within the genus. Still rather uncommon within cultivation.
Submitted on 01/12/2006 by Kris Kupsch tropicalbotanics@hotmail.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
These have been the easiest seeds to sprout. Soaked the seeds for two days then kept them bagged in moist pete. Left them in the oven with just the oven light on for warmth. Had 100% germination in four weeks.
Submitted on 20/11/2006 by Scott Powers powersinc@verizon.net

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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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