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Prestoea ensiformis (Entire Leaf)

This rare and absolutely stunning, entire-leaved form of P. ensiformis from Panama once used to be a separate species, P. integrifolia but has now been included in P. ensiformis, which is a species widely distributed in premontane or montane rainforest between Costa Rica and Peru from 350 to 1800 m. While it is virtually unknown in cultivation, it would make a stunning ornamental for humid warm temperate or tropical climates.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Germinating on arrival November 2012, near 100%, first bifid leaf up to 1 and 1/2" long now.
Submitted on 09/03/2013 by John O Wild

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Location: Bangkok, ThailandFirst, did 'float check'; seeds sank. Planted 3 seeds within 2 weeks after package was received in August. Located on east side of house under patio roof. Placed about 1-inch beneath surface in small 4" dia. x 4" tall black plastic pot. Mix of 50/50 potting soil & sand; straight from the bag, nothing special. Did not fuss over them, just made sure they did not get too dry. As of 01-Jan-12, 1 has sprouted, is about 1" tall, & leaf has spread about 1/2".
Submitted on 01/01/2012 by one of our visitors

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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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