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Desmoncus orthacanthos

A very unusual, widespread climbing palm from S-Mexico to South America with elliptical leaflets and slender canes which are used for weaving baskets. It is rare in cultivation and best suited to tropical or warm subtropical climates. Surprisingly, this palm is not related to the Rattan palms, Calamus, but to Bactris, Astrocaryum and the like.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I brought 15 fresh seeds of Desmoncus (after having eaten the edible fruit pulp!) from northeastern Venezuela (Rio Morichal Largo), and placed them in plastic "ziplock" bags with moist spaghnum moss. Seeds were soaked in a dilute bleach solution for 30 minutes before rinsing with fresh water and placing in the moss. After 6-7 weeks at approximately 28 degrees Celsius, 10 of the seeds had germinated, the rest didn't for whatever reason. I now have the seedlings started in small pots, to later transplant. This species doesn't appear very difficult to germinate.
Submitted on 06/08/2007 by Tom White Diputado99@hotmail.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.

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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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