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Arenga caudata

Miniature Sugar Palm

A small, shrubby, understorey palm to 2 m (7 ft.) tall, with densely clustering, thin, canelike stems and small leaves that are dark green above and silvery white below. The leaflets are roughly fishtail shaped and have jaggedly toothed margins. A. caudata is widespread over Southeast Asia and does well in a shady spot in the tropical or warm subtropical garden.

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Seeds from this species ...

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
The fresh fruit were soaked in water for 48h and the pulp removed (wear gloves - the fruit contains irritating crystals). They were then placed in plastic bags containing moist, sterile potting medium. They were kept at 37C and the first roots appeared in less than 1 month.
Submitted on 24/03/2004 by Ed Duke eduke@surfsouth.com

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plant cultivation comments by our visitors
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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Dar es Salaam in Tanzania they need very little care and grow normal.
I bought this palm as a seedling in Mombassa, Kenya in august 1993, and planted it in the garden in red heavy soil, all we have, it is now 1m70cm tall and very fat, it gets daily water and is in the full sun, with caostal exposure. Has been producing seeds since 5 years, every fruit has 3 seeds and they are easy to germinate, just planted in a bucket and regular water and take about 3 to 6 months to sprout.
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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