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Arenga australasica

Australian Sugar Palm

A rather large, clustering species from rainforests in northeastern Australia with trunks clothed in fibrous leaf sheaths and spreading crowns of dark green leaves with silvery undersides. A vigorous palm that will adapt easily to tropical as well as warm temperate areas but is still rarely seen in cultivation.

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Seeds from this species ...

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Grows slowly but well, south of Brisbane- temps down to 0.9 C- mostly down to 3 C every winter. Grows in litoral vine thickets often in coral sands in NQ, Australia and onthe islands of the Barrier Reef off Cairns and up the Cape. From Kris
Submitted on 31/05/2005 by Kris Kupsch tropicalbotanics@hotmail.com

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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Dar es Salaam in Tanzania they need average care and grow slow.
I bought the seedling in Mombassa,Kenja in Aug.1993, about 30cm.tall, it has been planted in my garden in Sept.93, and is now 6 meters tall, with lots of sideshoots. It's growing in rather heavy red soil in full sun and gets regular a lot of water and the air is very humid since we live on the coast of Dar es Salaam.It flowered once in Nov.2005, but no seeds, I have taken several side shoots, which are growing very happily. The palm is very beautiful, but then which one isn't.
Submitted on 20/11/2002 by Hedy van Winkelhof hedy@iwayafrica.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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