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Physokentia petiolata

Tagadanu Palm

This beautiful, rare palm, once known as Physokentia rosea, forms a slender trunk to about 8 m (27 ft.) tall, supported by a cone of thick stilt roots. The dark olive green to gray crownshaft holds a spreading crown of up to 10 slightly arching and lightly keeled, pinnate leaves with wide leaflets. The fruits are the size of small cherries and ripen from green over red to black. The seeds are heavily sculpted like those of Burretiokentia. Young plants usually have a dark reddish brown crownshaft and leaf stalks. It is native to wet montane forest on the Fijian islands of Viti Levu and Gau, mainly between 750 and 1250 m (2500 and 4100 ft.) but also as low as 300 m (1000 ft.). While apparently not in cultivation elsewhere, a few attempts at growing Physokentia petiolata have been made in Fiji. It does not seem to prefer lowland tropical conditions particularly, but would likely thrive at some altitude or perhaps in a warm temperate climate that does not experience excessive heat, cold or drought. Seeds are said to be slow to germinate, but that should not scare off the real enthusiast.

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... are difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
finally seeds sprouted-6 out of 20 seeds. Keep seeds moist, but not wet.
Submitted on 03/05/2010 by Albert

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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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