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Philodendron saxicola

A beautiful, terrestrial species with leathery, broadly pinnate, bluish green leaves, native to dry forest in the Brazilian State of Bahia.

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... are of high ornamental value
In Florida in United States they need much care and grow normal.
This Philodendron species will grow at about the same rate as others of the Meconostigma group of Philodendrons, but this one does not tolerate soil or media that is too moist, or water being sprinkled on the leaves in high humidity growing conditions. The plant prefers well drained media, light but regular fertilization, partial to full sun, and low relative humidity. The soil media should be allowed to become somewhat dry between waterings, and the grower should do all they can to prevent water from being sprayed or sprinkled on the leaves when the humidity is high. Exposure to moisture on the leaves can result in a fatal bacterial infection that is difficult to control. I'm growing this plant in a container with a 2:3:4 soil media mix of peat, washed perlite and composted pine bark, with incorporated time release fertilizer.
Submitted on 08/10/2010 by LariAnn Garner

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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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