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Copernicia macroglossa

Cuban Petticoat Palm

This Cuban species is a most curious palm. It has large circular leaves that have virtually no leafstalk and that do not drop from the stem after they have served their function. This results in a dense tuft of leaves atop a haystack-like structure under which the stem is hidden away. It is best suited to dry tropical areas and will flourish in full sun.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I soak the seeds in water for 3 days and then put under the table light for a couple of days and the germination begins!!..Very easy.
Submitted on 07/05/2006 by one of our visitors

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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Rio Grande in Puerto Rico they need average care and grow very slow.
I sat one sunny day in Fairchilds garden FL, was full of myself , love this place and sitting underneath a Copernicia when I felt something hit my head , looking around saw dozens of seeds , I thought that I could try to germinate some seeds , and in the future my kids would remember me for being a plant lover , except I knew these would take a long time . Well I still did it , returned to Puerto Rico and germinated them , left them to there own as I have been for years away and returning found them in good state ,repotting them .Felt content about there survival in half shade , they live next to the rain forest , were germinated in 1997 and now its 2006 , they are about 18 inches high and good looking , will be repotted today sept.7,2006 , hope someone in the future notices and appreciates them and other palms I brought in from Venezuelas botanical gardens in Caracas and of which I don't have ther names but one of which I think is the biggest palm in the world.Soilless mix, 10 inch pot , half shade , north eastern part of the island just north of El Yunque Rainforest, abought 4 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.
Submitted on 07/09/2006 by Federico Pagani fpdrevon49@yahoo.com

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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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