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Mauritiella armata

Moretillo Palm

Similar to the fantastic Mauritia flexuosa, this clustering species is a slender, garden-sized version that will usually reach a height of about 10 m (33 ft.). Its beautiful, fan-shaped leaves carry up to 120 segments that are bluish waxy below. It is a typical palm of the greater Amazon region where it is widespread, and is common in a variety of habitats, from the steamy, tropical lowlands up to the cool Guyana Highlands at 1400 m (4600 ft.) a.s.l. Among its closest relatives, Mauritia, Mauritiella, and Lepidocaryum, it is the only one that is really tolerant of cooler, subtropical winters, even though it does not tolerate any frost. Mauritiella armata is a very fast grower and does well in the tropical and subtropical garden. When young, it also makes a stunning pot plant that could even be commercially interesting. All parts of the young plant are covered with a thick, white or pale blue, waxy bloom.

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Seeds from this species ...

...very difficult to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
Ten seeds from Rarepalmseeds were soaked in warm water for three days before being sowed in moist Canadian peat moss in a zip lock bag. Seeds were kept in my garage during the summer in Central Florida and experienced relatively high temperatures as warm as the upper 90s F/ 30s C. It has been nearly a year and none of the seeds have germinated. However, none appear to have rotted and no fungus has been seen. The seeds still seem firm and I'll keep them as long as I can, but I don't have a whole lot of hope for them at this point.
Submitted on 13/03/2003 by Jason C. Skelly Skellsbells@aol.com

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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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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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