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Butia purpurascens

Purple Yatay Palm

A smallish and very rare species from central Brazil, where it is found in savanna vegetation, often growing together with Syagrus flexuosa, Attalea and Allagoptera. It grows a slender trunk that can reach up to 4 m (13 ft.) tall and carries a small crown with elegantly arching, V-shaped, blueish-green leaves. As opposed to most other Butia, the leaf stalk does not produce any spines. The fruits are purple. Butia purpurascens is a robust and easy to grow palm for temperate, subtropical and dry tropical areas. As far as we know, seeds have not been commercially available ever.

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Seeds from this species ...

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
This species requires the same conditions for germination as other butias. I use vermiculite in ziploc bags, kept moist and stored in a warm chamber at 37 ° C. As soon as a seed is sprouting, it is placed in a deep pot which contains a mixture of commercialy-available acidic compoist ( ready-to-use for hydrangea culture) and fine river sand (for aquarium ) with a ratio 80:20 respectively. Very important: the seedlings are watered from the bottom, never from the top, to avoid rotting. First seeds take about 2 months to sprout, most take three to five months, some take longer.
Submitted on 04/01/2004 by Gérard Loison loison.gerard@wanadoo.fr

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
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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.
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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