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Coccothrinax argentea

Hispaniola Silver Thatch Palm

Commonly seen on the Island of Hispaniola, this pretty palm sports a solitary or rarely clustered, slender, smooth trunk to 10 m (33 ft.) tall. Its circular, fan-shaped leaves are dark green above and beautifully silvery below, most showy when they slowly move in a light breeze. In its native range it is found in open areas or pine woodland on rocky, calcareous soils, and also frequently in disturbed areas, where it spreads freely. It adapts readily to cultivation in warm temperate and tropical areas and can take some coastal exposure.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I placed several mature seeds of this species that I acquired in the Dominican Republic in ziploc freezer bags with moist spaghnum moss, pressed out most of the air before sealing, and kept them in a warm (28C) area of the house and out of direct sunlight. After about 2 weeks, some (approx 60%) had sprouted. The sprouted seeds were then transfered to individual pots for further growth. This species does not appear to be any more difficult than any other Coccothrinax to germinate.
Submitted on 06/12/2006 by Tom White Thomas_White@fws.gov

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I collected several ripe seeds from beneath fruiting C. argentea in the Dominican Republic, washed them in a dilute bleach solution, rinsed them in fresh water, and placed them in ziploc freezer bags filled with damp spaghnum moss. I then kept them in a warm (29-31C) site in my house, and out of direct sunlight, and most (80%) of the seeds germinated after 10-15 days. For these and other such germination efforts, I highly recommend freezer bags - as opposed to simple plastic storage bags - because the thicker plastic helps maintain more stable conditions inside during time required for germinations.
Submitted on 10/10/2006 by Tom White Diputado99@hotmail.com

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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Outside Los Angeles in USA they need very little care and grow slow.
This is one of my favorite fan palms. I love the look of Licualas but they need more heat than I have and this Cocothrinax fills that need with very little care. Mine has been growing in a pots for easily 8 years and is still rather small (2 1/2') but I don't fertilize or pot up into larger pots very often.
Submitted on 10/11/2012 by John Ingram

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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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