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Laccospadix australasicus

Atherton Palm

Although not a rare palm in its native habitat--montane rainforests in northeastern Queensland, Australia between 800 and 1600 m (2600 and 5200 ft.)-- the Atherton Palm is rarely seen in cultivation outside Australia. This is particularly surprising as it adapts easily to a range of climates and as it is a highly attractive, smallish palm that will find room in just about any garden. It also adapts well to cultivation in the house. It has a slender, solitary or sometimes clustering stem that carries a small, upright crown of finely pinnate, dark green leaves. The flower stalk is unbranched and carries many small, bright red fruits. Laccospadix does not look unlike a small Howea, and indeed the two are closely related.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are average to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
This species is common in montane rainforests of Australias Wet Tropics, which are an extremely contrasting habitat to that of the rest of Australia. The habitats receives between 3000mm-8000mm (8 metres) of rain per year and are often shrouded in cloud- hence the common name Atherton Mist Palm. It is similar in appearance to Howea forsteriana from Lord Howe Island, however recent genetic research has shown a significant difference between these two genera. It grows well in semi shade within the tropics, however the crowns of mature plants can tolerate full sun. A single or clumped form exists and additionally some plants produce a red new-leaf similar to some species of Calyptrocalyx which it is sometimes wrongly referred as. Overall a neat palm for milder climates.
Submitted on 01/12/2006 by Kris Kupsch tropicalbotanics@hotmail.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Close to 100% germination rate. Used baggy method placed above the hot water tank (25-30c). Subsequently slow but tough.
Submitted on 28/03/2006 by one of our visitors

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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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