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Itaya amicorum

Native to lowland rainforest in the western Amazon basin in Colombia, Peru and Brazil, this extraordinary palm sports a slender, solitary trunk that can grow to about 3 m (10 ft.) tall and holds a broad crown of very large, remarkable leaves, to 2 m (7 ft.) in diameter, that are silvery white below and divided into only 10 to 16 very broad segments. It is closely related to Chelyocarpus, with which it shares some botanically rather unspecialized features. It is best suited for the tropical garden, where it demands a sheltered spot, well protected from stronger winds. In cultivation it is rather rarely seen.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
It's quite easy to germinate this kind of seeds. Simply prepare a container with clean Sphagnum moss that are not too damp, and then place the seeds on the Sphagnum moss. After that, cover the container up with either its lid or plastic film. Germination should occur within 2 weeks. I collected about 20 seeds and only 2 of them failed.
Submitted on 28/10/2013 by Cathy Doanld

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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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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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