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Chambeyronia macrocarpa (Houailou)

Houailou Red Leaf Palm

A rare, highly ornamental and much sought after palm that grows in a remote valley near Houailou on New Caledonia’s east coast together with Kentiopsis oliviformis. It sports a yellow-green crownshaft and red emergent, stiffly recurved and strongly keeeled leaves with very thick, leathery leaflets. Young plants have very large, bifid, entire leaves. The seeds are much larger than those of regular Chambeyronia macrocarpa and have a smooth, even layer of fibers covering them, much like in Hedyscepe, rather than the ornate fibers so typical of the regular form. In fact, the seeds and the whole plant are quite different from the common Chambeyronia macrocarpa, so much so that the Houailou Chambeyronia may become a separate species altogether when more research gets done to shed some light on the genus. In cultivation it is very easy and adaptable. To reach their optimum shape, Mature plants are best grown in full sun. Warm temperate, subtropical, or cool tropical climates suit the Houailou Red Leaf Palm best, and it can even take an occasional light frost.

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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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