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Pandanus monotheca

A large, usually unbranched species from coastal forest in Thailand that produces a single trunk and a large crown of very long, dark green leaves. An imposing plant for the tropical garden where it is best grown in a somewhat protected location.

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... are of high ornamental value
In Burringbar in Australia they need little care and grow fast.
Hello, I live at 28 degrees latitude south on the east coast of Australia just below Brisbane. We experience cool winters down to 2 deg C. Pandanus monotheca experiences no cold sensitivity what-so-ever. It has performed the best in full sun where it has constant soil moisture. In fact my best one has grown to 3m tall (no trunk yet) in 4 years. It was planted below my main shadehouse where it gets watered each day from run off. Another I have planted in a cooler site without water has been slow to get going. A friend has one south of Sydney which hasnt died in winter but has been slow. I believe they require constant moisture - likely to do just as well in full shade where they can eventually punch through the canopy to the full sun. My best one in full sun does suffer from wind damage which tend to push the leaves to one side of the plant - however it is growing so fast, that new leaves even the crown again. Its a great Pandan.
Submitted on 23/01/2010 by Kris Kupsch

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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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