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Geonoma undata

This stunning palm is best known for the small population along the famous Inca Trail in southern Ecuador, featured in many articles in various palm society magazines. It's not a large palm, maybe to 6 or 7m with a slim, ringed trunk, the crown shaft is cherry red to marroon, and the leaf segments are of varying widths giving an altogether unusual appearance. Tolerates cool and moist conditions, needs a good rich soil and medium light.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Easy to germinate, seeds started after 3 months in a pot of deep free draining sand outside during the warm wet season here in Subtropical Australia
Submitted on 02/03/2013 by Pete

... are average to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
5 of 30 seeds germinated after 90 days at temperatures ranging from 10 to 20 C. After full development of the first leaf (45 days), I attempted to separate them from the common germination pot. All 5 died. I recommend that the seeds be sown in individual small cell-pots of 50 or 60 cubic centimeters. Do not disturb the tiny plants until it is obvious that a larger pot is required.
Submitted on 01/12/2009 by Darold Petty

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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.

We recommend:
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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Suitable for: all

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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