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Butia catarinensis

Southern Jelly Palm

Recently divided off as a new species from Butia odorata (= B. capitata var. odorata), this smallish Butia is native to a coastal vegetation type on white sand known as restinga, in Santa Catarina and northeasternmost Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil. Some features that set it apart are its compact, wind resistant habit with a short trunk that rarely grows to 2 m tall, a small crown with often stiff, upright leaves and its small fruits and small ellipsoid seeds. Seeds and plants of this species have in the past been distributed as B. capitata var. odorata, B. odorata or B. capitata "Nana". A Butia cultivated in France as B. capitata var. strictior might belong in this species.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
I found these the easiest of the Butias to germinate with my simple methods. I guess my germination success was about 80% with these.- Cut tops off old plastic water bottles.- Cut 2 holes in bottom of each bottle.- Fill with good potting soil.- Press in one seed/skinned fruit about 3 cm deep.- Water well- Store in warm are (I use my unheated garage).- Keep moist til germination. I didn't lose any seedlings.
Submitted on 22/02/2007 by Mike Papay mjpapay2002@yahoo.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I soaked the seeds in warm tap water for 72 hours by changing that water everyday. Continuously, I soaked into fungicide(benrate; penomil solution@Sumika Takeda Co.Ltd.) for 30 min. Then, I moved the seeds to a small zipper plastic bag with moist vermiculite, and heated the bag up at 35°C (day)/25°C (night) by applying pet-carpet (dog heating electric carpet). Half of the seeds had sprouted within two months.I did not remove endocarp.
Submitted on 01/04/2005 by one of our visitors

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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

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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.
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