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Pseudophoenix ekmanii

Dominican Cherry Palm

Pseudophoenix are odd looking but undeniably attractive palms of the Caribbean with swollen stems of a moody green gray color. Though slow growing, they reach a good size in a number of years and even small plants fetch very high prices in the trade. P. ekmanii is one of the rarest in the genus. It is native only to the Barahona Peninsula in the southwesternmost Dominican Republic where it grows by the thousands under quite dry conditions on shallow, open hillsides of heavily eroded limestone rock. Its trunk can get to 6 m (20 ft.) tall and is distinctly swollen a few feet above the ground. It is smooth and covered in a thick, white, waxy layer, interrupted by the dark leaf scars, which gives the trunk a zebra-striped appearance. The leaves are stiffly spreading, quite dense and slightly plumose, with very leathery leaflets. P. ekmanii does best in the dry tropics and will look great even under rough conditions, including full coastal exposure, poor soil and drought.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very difficult to germinate and need more than 1 year to sprout.
I bought a packet from Rarepalmseed last year, none yet to germinate. So sad...
Submitted on 24/04/2013 by one of our visitors

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
The palm tree "Pseudophoenix ekmanii" is very beautiful and wonderful.
Submitted on 27/04/2004 by one of our visitors

...very difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Not as hard as people say. Pseudophoenix Ekmanii comes from the Dominican Republic where it grows in a harsh environment on dogtooth limestone. P. Ekmanii is germinated best when fresh unlike p. sargentii which prefers to sit a while. Use the baggie method using a 1:1 mix of coir and peat. Place in a hot place. I use my salt water fish tank hood. The heat from the lights work well. Last batch 30/40 seeds germinated and still counting.
Submitted on 02/04/2002 by marcel moreno marcelmoreno@yahoo.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.

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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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