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Attalea speciosa

Cusi Palm

The Cusi palm is a large but fairly short stemmed palm with beautiful long, flat, upright leaves and very large fruit, which are an important source of oil in its native S-Brazil and Bolivia.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
The seeds are very easy to germinate, to my surprise. I received 6 fruits this palm and growed here in south of Brazil, the first seed germinated after 3 mouths and others 4 seeds had germinated one to each month. There are 2 fruit that origined 2 palms each. Now, the most interesting, one seed germinated in winter and you can believe: south of Brazil is very cold in this season. Last winter, died many species of palms of my palm collection (Roystonea, Dypsis decaryi and D. lutescens... ) but all Attalea speciosa are growing very well, without damage. I'm very happy with its cold tolerance.
Submitted on 03/05/2008 by Kelen Soares

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I purchased two seeds (as Orbignya martiana) from ***** in Miami about ten years ago.The seeds were planted in two-gallon containers of gravel mixed half-and-half with mulsh from our "green-waste" facility. Both seeds germinated in a few weeks (I didn't record how soon; it was not too long). One produced two individual seedlings.I planted one in the clayey fill behind my home and it thrived. Today the tops of the fronds reach well above the top of my 24-ft tall house. I'm ashamed to admit that I neglected the other two seedlings and allowed them to die. ;-(I have some nice pictures of the palm if anyone would like me to e-mail them to you.
Submitted on 24/01/2005 by John M. Flanigan johnf@hawaii.edu

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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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