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Lavoixia macrocarpa (= Clinosperma macrocarpa)

One of the rarest palms in the world, this species has attained almost mythical status among palm enthusiasts. It is practically unknown in cultivation and only a handful of trees remain in its native habitat in northern New Caledonia. Seeds have been said to be impossible to collect; however, we have done the impossible! Now your challenge is to get them to germinate. They have the reputation of being very difficult, to say the least, though few have tried. Perhaps fruits have not been completely mature at collection, as it is hard to detect when they are ready. There certainly is no other logical explanation. It is also possible that germination is simply very lengthy--and by this we mean years, not months. Lavoixia fruits have a thick peel, almost a shell, under which a fibrous, purple mesocarp can be found with a lovely, strong scent of ripe plums. The very hard-shelled, ridged and pitted endocarp resembles a peach kernel in size and shape. The actual seed is nearly smooth and the endosperm is very hard and nearly translucent. Based on DNA evidence, Lavoixia has recently been moved into the genus Clinosperma, a rather surprising decision in light of its very unique fruit morphology.

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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.

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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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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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