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Dypsis heteromorpha

A very rare species from cloud forest in the north of Madagascar, this palm grows to one of the highest altitudes of any palm on the island, to 2200 m (7200 ft.). It is superficially similar to Dypsis baronii and D. onilahensis, with slender, clustering stems and finely pinnate leaves, and will likely require the same conditions as these species in cultivation. It should adapt well to cool tropical, most warm temperate, and even some cool temperate climates. It has not been seen in the wild for nearly 50 years and is apparently not present in cultivation, so this may be the first time this species is available for horticulture ever.

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Seeds from this species ...

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seed sown in moist vermiculite in a closed plastic margarine-type tub, incubated on top of hot water cylinder (temp inside tub varied between 23°C and 30°C) started to germinate after 20 days.
Submitted on 31/08/2004 by Peter Richardson baybear@xtra.co.nz

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I soaked 55 seeds in water for 24 hrs and then put them in plastic bags with moist peat at 29-31 C. 20 had sprouted and were transplanted after 16 days, and two weeks later they reached 80%. And sprouting has not finished.
Submitted on 31/10/2003 by Heinz Torwie torwie

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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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