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Pigafetta filaris

White Wanga Palm

A rare species native to rainforest areas from the Moluccas to New Guinea from low altitudes to about 300 m (1000 ft.). It sports a large, very straight, columnar, glossy green trunk that holds a spherical crown of elegantly recurving pinnate leaves, V-shaped in cross section. An opportunistic plant, it establishes itself not in the closed forest but in gaps in the canopy. In cultivation, plants thus need good light early on. Pigafetta filaris is far less commonly cultivated than its cousin P. elata. Through a taxonomic mixup the two species had unfortunately been lumped into one in the past and only restored to their former status fairly recently. The result of this is that P. elata, which is resonably common in cultivation, is still mostly labelled P. filaris, whereas the true P. filaris offered here is hardly ever seen in gardens and parks. The two species are easily told apart by their leafbases: where P. elata is densely covered with masses of blackish spines, P. filaris sports magnificent white waxy leafbases that carry a sparse layer of golden spines. Though supposedly more tropical in its requirements, P. filaris is easily the more elegant of the two.

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Seeds from this species ...

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Soaked seeds for approx 2 days upon arrival, placed in a plastic container near a heat source of a constant 20 degrees celcius, have near 100% germination , in actual fact have no idea what I am going to do with a hundred seedlings!
Submitted on 28/03/2005 by Andrew Strickland mstrick@maltanet.net

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very Easy ,excellant germination,growing like weeds
Submitted on 15/02/2005 by Sean Callahan scal120@yahoo.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Easy to Germinate.Received the seeds 30.11.04 and put them in clean water to saok for 3 days, and planted them in our normal soil, which is quiet heavy with lots of sand. 23.12.04 already 4 seeds had sprouted and 28.12.04, I had 6 seedlings, the rest of the seeds were eaten by insects( we have plenty of those) at the moment they are 10 cm. tall and doing very well.
Submitted on 14/01/2005 by Hedy van Winkelhof hedy@iwayafrica.com

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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.

We recommend:
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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