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Livistona carinensis

Once known as Wissmannia carinensis, this palm from the deserts of Djibouti, Somalia and Yemen today is thought to belong within the genus Livistona. It produces a straight, slender trunk that can reach to 30 m (98 ft.) tall and is ringed with scars left from the leafbases. The small fan leaves are held on spiny petioles which are yellowish towards the tip and black towards the base. The short inflorescences produce very small, black, round fruit. Livistona carinensis is considered endangered and only found in small numbers in a few desert oases, growing besides streams and irrigation ducts, roughly between sea level and about 1000 m (3300 ft.) altitude. In cultivation it is still exceedingly rare but has proven to be adaptable and easy to grow in a variety of tropical and warm temperate climates.

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... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
after having left 23 seeds of l. carinensis unattented for over a year in my garage I sew them last june in pure compost and left them outdoor in summer heat av 28°/23° day/night temps I watered every other day and all the seeds sprouted after ab one month and are all viable stillthey are not only easy to germinate but long lasting indeed
Submitted on 22/09/2008 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
9 seeds (10 minus 1 floater) soaked during 4 days in warm tap water sprayed with fungicide and changed daily. Pulp-remains cleaned off after first day soaking. Sown in 4cm deep moist coir (coconut-fibre) inside closed plastic box, leaving seed upper 1/3 uncovered. Kept in unscheduledly heated bathroom (temperature randomly ranging from 15 to 30ºC almost everyday). 6 out of 9 (66,6 %) sprouted on day 30. Two more on the following 3-4 days (88,8% final germination rate).
Submitted on 19/02/2008 by Miguel Tavares mftavares@gmail.com

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds soaked and flushed several times in 48hr period.Placed in zip bag in moist sphagnum, ambient room temps of 25-32c ,uniform germination of 100% in two weeks. Seedlings now outdoors in full sun and growing strong.
Submitted on 05/02/2008 by one of our visitors

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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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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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