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Basselinia pancheri

Black Basselinia

A variable, robust, midsized palm with a slender green or gray trunk, topped by a prominent and very colorful crownshaft that can be anything from brown to dark red to purplish black. The leathery leaves have broad leaflets of different widths. Basselinia pancheri is widespread over most parts of New Caledonia, frequently in rainforests, but it is also found in disturbed habitats and open situations. It is one of the most adaptable species in this genus and will do well in most tropical and subtropical climates.

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Seeds from this species ...

...difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I ordered ten seeds. All were soaked in warm tap water for three days with daily changes. Seeds were sowed in moist Canadian peat moss and kept at ambient Central Florida summertime temperatures (highs in the low 90s/33c). After three months, there was no sign of germination. Upon inspection of the seeds, they all collapsed under pressure. I believe the medium was too moist. No sign of fungus in the medium or on the seeds, so likely bacterial infection. I believe these seeds would have germinated rather quickly like the related B. tomentosa I tried had.
Submitted on 14/04/2003 by Jason C. Skelly Skellsbells@aol.com

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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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