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Livistona rigida

Mataranka Palm

A big, stately palm that is closely related and generally similar to L. mariae, with a robust, solitary trunk and large, stiff, costapalmate leaves that are not very deeply spit. From L. mariae it differs mainly in having shorter, slightly glaucous leaves with segments only briefly split at the tip as well as in the slightly smaller fruits. Its natural distribution extends from northern central to northwestern Queensland, where it is found in open woodlands. It seems to prefer low areas that are near seasonal watercourses or seasonally flooded. Despite its fairly tropical origin it has proven to be very adaptable to cultivation in both tropical and warm temperate regions, where it can take wind, some drought and moderate freezes. It is easy to germinate and fast growing. Young plants have beautiful reddish-bronzy leaves much like L. mariae.

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... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Received fresh seed, but not freshly picked. Soaked seeds for around 30hrs changing water a few times. washed seeds with a bleach solution, then rinsed. Placed seeds in moist cocopeat/coir which had be hand wrung to remove excess water. The whole lot was kept in a resealable Tupperware container and kept between 30 to 36 deg Celsius. 100% germination within two weeks of soaking. Move to larger containers as germination progresses.
Submitted on 29/03/2009 by Ben Wielstra

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
The key to Livistona Rigida is heat and a good sand mix to help provide that heat and imitate their natural habitat of grit/sand and earth down under. The first 3 out of 10 seeds were germinated within a month, however, no more came as my seeds, based in the highlands of Sao Paulo Brazil (sub-tropical climate), depend on the sun for heating and not a pad and the season went into winter. Though that was brief and now that temperatures are back up to 26C plus on a daily basis outside, more are germinating again. Note, they love water. Also, they must have direct sun as seedlings. Plus, they must receive 30C plus heat. In my greenhouse of bamboo sticks and semi-transparent plastic, the seeds receive 4.5 hours of sun a day, if they were to receive more I am sure all and not 7 of the 10 so far will have germinated. In short, I am expecting a 90%-100% germination rate as the other seeds are in fine condition. If anyone thinking of buying these seeds and has experience with Nannorhops Ritchiana or Nannorhops SP. (Iran Silver), then treat Livistona Rigida accordingly. They will go in the same manner. Just as fast and just as easy but lots of heat and plenty of water.
Submitted on 19/09/2007 by Anthony adovkants@hotmail.com

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
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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.
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