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Basselinia gracilis

This is probably the easiest and most popular species from this rare genus of New Caledonian Palms. On its native Island in the South West Pacific it grows from seal level to the cloud forest up on the highest peaks, making it suitable for warm temperate areas as well as the tropics. It is a smallish, pinnate palm that comes in a multitude of forms and exhibits many brillant colours, from the slender trunks, which can be whitish, green, brown or black, the red, orange, yellowish or purplish black crownshaft, to the dark red to black inflorescences. The leaves can be very small, simple and bifid or well over 1m (3ft) long and pinnate in various shapes.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are average to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I soaked the seeds for two days and placed them in a plastic bag with peat moss. I did not use any heat, but as I live in a tropical climate and it was the warm time of year, I don't think it mattered. Average temperature was about 28 C. Eight out of the twelve seeds I received germinated within two months, out of which seven sprouted. Unfortunately, only three of the seven have survived and their growth rate has been very slow. Still, I am looking forward to seeing how this species develops. Lyle Haleiwa, Hawaii
Submitted on 25/03/2007 by Lyle Ruggles lgr@hawaii.rr.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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Suitable for: all

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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