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Coccothrinax boschiana

Described as recently as 1997, this magnificent new species grows only on a single limestone ridge to an altitude of 200 m (650 ft.) in the southwest of the Dominican Republic on the Barahona Peninsula. Where the ridge dives into the Caribbean Sea, the palms grow almost to the waters edge, their leaves rattling in the constant breeze, and offer a magnificent setting with the backdrop of the crystal clear water and a grandiose view along a wild and rugged coastline. Despite the breathtaking scenery, the conditions here are harsh, unbearably hot, with little rainfall and even less soil, and otherwise only give rise to thorny scrub studded with cacti. Coccothrinax boschiana grows a slender trunk to about 12 m (39 ft.) tall, densely clothed in hard, fibrous leaf sheaths. The leaves are very stiff and rigid, fairly large for a Coccothrinax, yellowish green to golden above and stunningly silvery white below. In cultivation, C. boschiana will do well in any tropical and most warm temperate climates, though growth in the latter may be rather slow. Its is obviously an unrivaled choice for coastal areas and one of the few bluish palms that will grow in the humid tropics.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
got ten seeds from rarepalmseeds. com, soaked them overnight. put them on top of a mix of perlite/vermiculite/peat moss 40/40/30 in a plastic jar with a lid. placed the jar in the garage at 30 - 35 degrees. seeds germinated in 10 days.
Submitted on 07/10/2011 by A.Qader Jaffer

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I soaked 108 sds for 5 days with daily water change. They were then sown into a clear plastic box with a moist commercial seed mix. The day temp was in the mid 90F and the night about 80F. They started sprouting after just 22 days. However, as the seeds I bought were not newly offered, I only managed a 40% germination success.
Submitted on 12/09/2008 by Tog Tan, Malaysia

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
4 of 10 germinated on week 6 using peat moss, baggy and 32C.
Submitted on 07/08/2004 by one of our visitors

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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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