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Coccothrinax moaensis

In horticulture, this outstanding, medium-sized Coccothrinax unfortunately is largely unknown, perhaps for the lack of propagating material and its remote habitat. It is native only to a few localities in eastern Cuba in the region of Moa and Maguana, where it experiences a hot, humid climate and is confined to soils derived from serpentine rock. Such soils are very high in heavy metals (Moa is a nickel mining area) which are toxic to most plants and usually produce a stunted and very diverse vegetation with many species that are highly adapted and endemic. Many palm enthusiasts may also be familiar with this type of vegetation from New Caledonia, where many palms are confined to serpentine. Originally described in 1971 by botanists Attila Borhidi and Onaney Muñiz as Coccothrinax yuraguana ssp. moaensis, Muñiz decided later that the palm was different enough to deserve to be a species in its own right. It produces a slender, solitary trunk clothed in the wiry, tightly clasping fibers of the leaf sheaths. The leaves are quite unmistakable, flat, completely circular, to about 80 cm (30 in.) in diameter and deeply divided into about 20 thick, rigid, strongly V-shaped segments with rounded tips. Their deep divisions, almost to the base of the leafblade, few segments and their circular outline give them the appearance of pinwheels and make this palm a superb ornamental. In cultivation, it is slow to establish but not difficult and will succeed in all tropical and some warm temperate climates if sun and a freely draining substrate are provided.

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... are average to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
My success rate was only 1 out of 10 seeds. It took 50 days to germinate with a temp of average 90F. The seeds were soaked for 6 days and put into a clear plastic box with regular soil mix with 30% peat added.
Submitted on 26/07/2008 by Tog Tan, Malaysia

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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.

We recommend:
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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Suitable for: all

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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