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Ensete sp. (Kluay Pa/Thailand)

Kluay Pa Banana

A very exciting and apparently undescribed Ensete species from the Chiangmai area in the northwest of Thailand, where it grows on steep limestone cliffs with seasonally dry forest vegetation. It is a very compact plant, with short, broad, glaucous leafbases that form a thick, roundish trunk. The very short leafstalks hold compact, leathery leaves that are glaucous below and pale green above. The leaf midribs are reddish below and yellowish above. The striking inflorescence has large maroon bracts and eventually carries a bunch of squat fruits with small, shinly, black, Musella-like seeds. The Kluay Pa Banana wil adapt well to both warm temperate and tropical climates. It needs a spot in full sun, abundant water and good drainage.

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...difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
These rather small seeds for an Ensete seem more diffucult to germinate than other Ensetes. I've only had 1 out of 100 germinate so far using the moist peat moss in baggy method. I won't give up until the seeds are at least a couple years old.
Submitted on 22/01/2005 by one of our visitors

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Super easy. I soaked for two days in water, planted in a well draining mix with a heat mat and humidity cover. First seed came up in 19 days. Do not try to break of scarify the seed coat, it is not needed.
Submitted on 21/11/2004 by one of our visitors

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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

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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.
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