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Bentinckia condapanna

Lord Bentinck's Palm

A truly enigmatic palm that has only made it into cultivation on a very limited scale. Taxonomically Bentinckia belongs into a group of palms that are distributed mainly from Indonesia eastward into the Southwest Pacific, with Bentinckia and Dictyosperma as two relic species ocurring further west. B. condapanna is a highly endangered palm that grows only in moist forest at high altitude between 1000 and 1400 m (3300 and 4600 ft.) in the Travancore Hills on the southernmost tip of India. It forms a slender, smooth trunk with a long crownshaft holding a crown of elegantly arching leaves. The juvenile foliage has very wide leaflets which become narrower as the palm matures. It grows extremely quickly and makes a great palm for mild subtropical and tropical climates.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Sowed 10 seeds in 50% peat moss & 25% vermiculite/ 25% perlite with bottom heat inside Tupperware box on 6/28/10. Three sprouted by 8/2/10. I will update the results as more sprout.
Submitted on 02/08/2010 by Brandon Gauthier

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Received my seeds slightly moist and therefor they were sown in the moment they arrived. The seeds were placed on top of the medium, (I used sphagnum) sprayed with warm water and then covered by the same medium. The pot was kept on a place were the temperature was 30°C (90°F) day and night. Medium was sprayed with water only when top of the medium appeared dry by the touch. Seven out of ten seeds sprouted within 60 days. Seedling growth is quite slow but hope it will speed up.
Submitted on 24/09/2004 by Jón Ágúst Erlingsson johnny13@torg.is

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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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