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Chambeyronia lepidota (Mid Elevation)

Highland Red Leaf Palm

This rare and little-known cousin of the Red Leaf Palm is a moderately large palm to 15 m (50 ft.) tall, with a slender, smooth trunk and a neat crown of ascending to slightly arching, distinctly keeled leaves with thick, leathery, stiff, regularly arranged leaflets. A spectacular, thick, velvety brown crownshaft supports the crown. The mid elevation form grows in montane rainforests in east-central and northeastern New Caledonia mainly between about 600 and 800 m (2000 and 2600 ft.) but may be found as low as 400 m (1300 ft.). It is generally somewhat more slender than the high elevation form of this species and seems to have a darker, less reddish crownshaft, but these differences in appearance may be due to the different habitats of montane and cloud forest and whether the plants are emergent above the forest canopy or not. One consistent and surprising difference, however, are the fruits: The fruit of the mid elevation form is partly filled with a strange, gelatinous substance that seems to have no function other than filling the space (about half) in the fruit that is not occupied by the endosperm. The endosperm thus has a somewhat hemispherical shape and occupies only a rather small fraction of the fruit. This can drastically be seen in a longitudinal section of the fruit and seed. In cultivation, Chambeyronia lepidota it is still extremely rare as seeds have been hard to come by, and thus experience with its requirements is somewhat limited. It is very easy to germinate but rather slow growing afterwards and would do well in humid tropical and many warm temperate climates.

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... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
seeds sprouted after 1 month. Keep seed moist and cover germination container with black clothes
Submitted on 03/05/2010 by Albert

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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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