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Johannesteijsmannia perakensis

Joey on a Stick

Native only to the undergrowth of rainforest on two small hill ranges in the Ipoh area of Perak in northwestern Malaysia, this spectacular palm is similar to Johannesteijsmannia altifrons but develops a slender aboveground trunk that can reach about 4 m (13 ft.) tall, making it the largest of the genus. Its short inflorescences are produced from among the leaves and carry small, scented flowers that develop into rather large, curiously warty fruits. While in its native range it has been common enough that the very large undivided, diamond-shaped and strongly pleated leaves have been put to the rather profane use of thatching local dwellings, today, like so many palms, it is seriously threatened by the destruction of virgin rainforests without which it cannot regenerate. In cultivation, it is more cool-tolerant than its habitat suggests, and will grow happily in a warm subtropical climate and, of course, anywhere in the tropics, in a shady, wind-protected situation. Because seeds have not been available for propagation, it has remained exceedingly rare though, the most uncommon of the Joey palms, and is seen only in very few collectors gardens around the world.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soaked seeds in water for 3 days. Then placed in Ziplock plasticbox with palmfiber 80%, sand 20% temp 22~30c. Seeds started germinating 40 days later.
Submitted on 16/01/2008 by Nobuo Fujiwara kaidaao.medamayaki@docomo.ne.jp

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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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