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Livistona humilis

Sand Palm

The smallest Australian Livistona is native to Eucalypt savanna on sandy soils in the northern part of Australias Northern Territory. It grows a slender trunk that can reach 7 m (23 ft.) tall, but usually stays much smaller, and carries a comparatively sparse crown of stiff, fan-shaped leaves with deeply split segments. L. humilis is resistant to drought and bush fires and best adapted to dry tropical regions where it prefers a place in full sun. It is very rarely seen in cultivation.

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... are of excellent ornamental value
In Key West, Florida in USA they need average care and grow very slow.
I fell in love with this plam. In cultivation, grown in a container, it is much more handsome than the picture on this site. Its leaves are beautifully symetrical with a slightly prehistoric look to them. Stays outside all year round here in Key West, Florida (zone 11) in a sunny location in a fast draining commercial medium. Definitely likes regular watering during growth periods. 4 years after germination, it is still a small plant (3" trunk height, 1" trunk diameter, a crown spread of 18" and an overall height of 10"). With the long growing season here, I feed with commercial soluble fertilizer half strength every month from March through October. You must be patient with this palm. For a year to 18 months after germinating it will grow very slowly. Definitely picks up steam as it ages. Once the leaves start dividing into their mature form (2 years), you will be rewarded with a very beautiful little palm. I suspect it would do well indoors in a warm, sunny location.
Submitted on 14/05/2008 by Vincent P Zito

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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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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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