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Orania ravaka

This fantastic palm from lowland rainforest in northeastern Madagascar is the "little sister" of the famed Orania trispatha (= Halmoorea). It develops a slender, solitary trunk and its large leaves are distichously arranged on both sides of the trunk, forming a big, fan-shaped crown. viable seeds of this endangered palm are rarely available, and are much sought after by collectors. This Orania will do well in all tropical and warm subtropical climates.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
This is a tricky one to germinate and I think wasted my first batch of seeds by giving up on them too early. I did the standard treatment of seeds by soaking them in water for a couple of days. Since the seeds were about the size of a golf ball I didn't use the zip-lock bag technique and just planted each seed in a tall 1 gallon pot. Getting them to germinate and having the root pop out was pretty normal-- after about a month and a half I found fat white roots digging in the dirt.I was expecting a spear to come out of the ground next but then nothing happened for over half a year. The seed itself was already just a husk that crumbled away. The pot itself looked lifeless ( I threw away all the "empty" pots from my first attempt with this species).After about 9 months though a small green spike finally peeked out of the soil. So I guess the root was still doing it's thing under the soil and out of sight even months after it had totally consumed the contents of the seed.
Submitted on 14/09/2013 by Eugenio Barcelona

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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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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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