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Lomandra insularis

A curious, palmlike plant endemic to New Caledonia that looks much like a small Cordyline or Dracaena and is related to the Australian grass trees, Xanthorrhoea. It forms clusters of canelike stems, topped by crowns of light green, curiously curved, straplike leaves with rounded tips. The inflorescence has a beautiful feathery appearance and bears countless white flowers, followed by reddish berries in clusters of three. Other species of Lomandra are native to Australia but remain trunkless and very grass-like in appearance.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I had my first germination today a few days shy of three months after sowing. Seed were sown in a 50/50 mix of coarse perlite/peat. They were set shallow beneath a thin layer of black basalt sand. Medium was kept moist but not soaking wet. The 2" plastic pots were set on a heating mat with the thermostat set at 27C/80F with low light. Ambient temperatures ranged from 24C/75F to 31C/88F
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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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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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Suitable for: all

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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