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Oraniopsis appendiculata

Bronze Palm

A little known and rarely offered, elegant, pinnate palm from the rain and cloud forests of northeastern Australia, where it grows to altitudes of 1400 m (4590 ft.). Seeds are somewhat lengthy to sprout and the resulting seedlings are very slow growing, but, over time, they develop into stunning trees that vaguely resemble a dwarf coconut palm. One particularly stunning feature are the undersides of the leaves and leafstalks, which are densely covered with a golden-coppery layer. Oraniopsis appreciates cool, humid conditions and can tolerate light frosts. Seeds should not be germinated with too much heat and seedlings prefer quite deep shade, good drainage and lots of humidity. The palm does well in all subtropical/warm temperate areas that do not show extremes of heat or cold and it will also be happy in any cool tropical climate. The closest relatives of this unusual Australian palm are the Andean Wax Palms, Ceroxylon, Juania from the Juan-Fernández Islands, and the genus Ravenea from Madagascar, thus providing further substance to the theory that all the world's continents were once united in one large landmass, Pangaea.

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Seeds from this species ...

...very difficult to germinate and need more than 1 year to sprout.
This species of Palm is difficult to grow in great numbers by seed. I planted 700 seed which was fresh and cleaned of flesh. After 1 and half years I have about 30 plants. Most of them took 8 months to germinate. They are slow growing even with daily watering. The species requires high soil moisture to grow well. It will tolerate 80% sun if planted next to a creek. From Kris
Submitted on 28/07/2004 by Kris Kupsch kristopher.kupsch@jcu.edu.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.

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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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