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Dypsis crinita

Vonitra Palm

A fast growing, midsized palm to 15 m (50 ft.) tall that inhabits the sides of small rocky streams and rivers in rainforests in the north of Madagascar. Its slender, branching trunks, thickly clothed in abundant piassava leaf sheath fibers, and the beautiful reddish emergent new leaves give it a unique charm. It is best suited to humid locations in the tropical or warm subtropical garden.

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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Soaked seeds for one week changing water twice a day. Placed seeds in a bed of moist spaghnum moss in a plastic container like the ones used for takeaway Chinese food. The container was then sealed placed in a polystyrene box with the lid half off and a piece of cloth draped over the plastic container with a 40W globe on a bed side lamp beaming on the container from one end. The eventual temp ranged from 28C to 36C. I had 50% germination at one month and the new leaf and button already had the rose red colouring. Amazing. I potted these ones on at one month because they had already formed roots. One had half a dozen roots forming all at the same time and about 1.5cm long at this stage. I can't wait to see them grow on. I will be getting more of this species.
Submitted on 19/11/2003 by Tyrone Cripps tynat98@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.

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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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