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Dracaena konaensis

Hala Pepe, Hawaiian Dragon Tree

A mid-sized dragon tree native to the drier, leeward (Kona) side of the Big Island of Hawaii, where it grows in the remains of dry lowland forest on old lava flows between 300 and 800 m (1000 to 2700 ft.). with age, it forms a small, dichotomously branching tree to about 6 m (20 ft.) tall that carries many rosettes of leathery, green, strap-like leaves to about 40 cm (15 in.) long. It produces clusters of large, yellow flowers, followed by attractive red berries. The Hawaiian Dragon Tree is highly endangered by development, grazing animals, fire and more competitive exotic plants. Only a few natural populations remain on the island of Hawaii and within these, little rejuvenation takes place. Fortunately it is a highly attractive ornamental and does well in cultivation, is easy to germinate and to grow, and could be a very popular ornamental if seeds were more commonly available.

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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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