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Brahea moorei

Dwarf Rock Palm

The smallest of the Braheas is immediately recognizable by its short habit, the absence of a trunk (which actually is underground), the lush, dark green leaves with stunning white undersides, and the long inflorescences that extend well beyond them. Brahea moorei is native to the dry, high altitude oak forest in the Sierra Madre Oriental in northeastern Mexico between 1400 and 2000 m (4600 to 6600 ft.). In cultivation, it is suitable for temperate and subtropical climates and can handle severe frosts down to about -10°C (14°F) without damage. Due to its small size, the Dwarf Rock Palm is an ideal, tough and very attractive ground cover for shade or sun. This species is extremely rare in cultivation and we are very proud to be able to make the true seeds commercially available, exclusively, and for the first time ever!

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...very difficult to germinate and need more than 1 year to sprout.
no germination after 18 months or so. kept out in pot in full sun. probably moist through winter which might have been a mistake.
Submitted on 12/06/2003 by john voss waver1@earthlink.net

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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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