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Marojejya darianii

Big Leaf Palm

Surely one of the most stunning of all palms, this species from Madagascar has a large crown of up to 30 huge, undivided leaves in the manner of Phoenicophorium or Pelagodoxa, which can reach up to 5m (17ft) in length. Marojejya is highly endangered and known only from an upland swamp habitat in a small area in the northeast of Madagascar. A beautiful palm for humid, tropical areas.

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...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
These are about as easy to germinate as Dypsis decipiens. From 30 seeds I managed about a 67% germination rate after 3 months. I soaked them changing water twice daily for 4 days and placed them in closed plastic containers in spaghnum moss at 28-32C. After about 3 weeks they started germinating from there very unusual deeply grooved seed. They germinate from where the grooves converge into a small flat area on the surface of the seed. After 4 months since I got the seed, one has opened its first leaf with another spear coming behind it. This one and another are growing so strong I've placed them in there pots into the understory of my simulated rainforest garden. A very interesting plant that is very eager to germinate and live.
Submitted on 14/02/2004 by Tyrone Cripps tynat98@hotmail.com

...difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
Seedlings need a lot of shade and to keep kind of dry. Low germination. 17/100.
Submitted on 06/05/2002 by bob kreisher rkreishe@chuma.cas.usf.edu

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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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