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Attalea maripa

An impressive and tall-growing (up to 60 feet/20m) feather leaved palm, widespread in the northern half of South America and, like so many others in the genus, perfect for the large park or garden where its size can be seen to advantage. Its huge leaves are held erect and it has the general appearance of a shuttlecock. As a young plant it is also useful as a conservatory subject. Adaptable, but warm dry subtropics or tropics would suit it best.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
I collected about 50 seeds of the "maripa palm" in Suriname where the fruit is often eaten and is quite delicious. I cleaned the seeds and put them in plastic bags with seed starting mix (not too moist) at temperatures ranging between 18-25 degreeds Celcius. After 2 months the first seed had germinated with a thick white shoot, coming through the plastic bag. Not long after the first, lots of others started germinating too and I put them in deep pots so the first shoot can grow deep enough. After 2 more months the first leaf popped above ground (quite a long time). I'm very curious about it's growth from now on...
Submitted on 08/10/2007 by Kai Kuné fishyboy2@hotmail.com

... are average to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
About 7 months ago, I got 2 seeds from the "maripa" tree from a collegue. They came from Suriname (to the north of Brazil). I thought they were called Maximiliana maripa, but maybe I'm wrong... I put them right away in a plastic bag with slightly moist germinating soil. I allmost gave up on them but now, more than 7 months later I discovered a root pushing through one of the 3 pores. It might have something to do with the rising of the temperature. They are constantly at 25 degreeds Celsius right now. My collegue says that once they start growing, they'll take off!
Submitted on 22/06/2007 by Kai Kuné fishyboy2@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.

We recommend:
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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