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Attalea dubia


A typical, massive Attalea from southern Brazil, resembling nothing so much as a huge shuttlecock. This species is, like most Attalea, very fast growing and is the only one in the genus that will not only grow in tropical areas but also thrive in subtropical and even warm temperate climates. A most impressive and ornamental palm that is still nearly unknown in cultivation.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are average to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
I had best resulted with this species make scarification and soak in water for 3 days. The seeds started to germinate after 6 months but the germination isn't regular. The seeds germinated 40% in 1 year, other few seeds germinated in 2 years. I think that best result with these seeds is around 50%. Some seeds had originated 2 plants each other.
Submitted on 03/05/2008 by Kelen Soares

... are average to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Soaked seeds for 48 hrs then placed in shopping bag with moist sphagnum in sealed tank with bottom heat of 25-32c.Sporadic germination over several months so far of around 15%.Make sure to check regularly as roots shoot out rapidly cross branch are brittle and can rot at the tips if not planted fairly early (50-80mm long)Seedlings planted in 400mm deep pots and placed in unheated temperate greenhouse conditions and have 100mm first leaf in 2 months.
Submitted on 05/02/2008 by one of our visitors

... are average to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soaked 100 seeds for 4 days changing water daily.Triple shopping bagged with squeezed sphagnum 50% and into grow chamber at 27C average.First seed germinated after 1 month,5 more after 3 months.Try to catch them before excessive root/ shoot growth as it has a brittle/lateral branching root structure at an early stage.
Submitted on 15/11/2007 by SCOTT CUMBERLAND scott.cumberland@visionstream.com.au

...very difficult to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
The seeds were soaked for three days in water, changing the water every day. They were then sown individually into 1 litre black plastic bags. After 5 months 1 germinated and after a further two more months another germinated and I am still waiting, but am not hopeful. Here in central Venezuela we are probably too hot for this species. Up to now a year later only two seeds germinated from 100 sown
Submitted on 25/05/2004 by David Clulow davidclulowven@yahoo.co.uk

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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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