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Oenocarpus bataua

Batauá Palm

A huge shuttlecock-like palm with steeply ascending, very orderly and neatly arranged pinnate leaves. If it came from Madagascar, collectors would be falling over each other to get it in their collections. It produces plum-size purple-black fruits with edible oily flesh on infructescences that look somewhat like gigantic horse's tails, a key identification characteristic in the field. A truly stunning, easy to germinate and very fast growing palm, ideal for the larger tropical or sub-tropical garden or park.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I planted them in a fertile garden soil, a mixture of loam and sand. 1cm deep. They received water every day and were kept at 28 C. After 10 days the seeds started sprouting.
Submitted on 19/11/2012 by jan verbeeck

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Of the ten that I got all have germinated and are quite fast growers, most have one leaf now and I have already planted three out in the garden. I think these will be pretty tough palms.
Submitted by Mike Jamison wendymike@optusnet.com.au

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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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