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Ptychosperma macarthurii

MacArthur Palm

Originally from northeastern Australia and areas of New Guinea, this small, suckering palm has become widely distributed as an ornamental in tropical and warm subtropical areas. The MacArthur Palm produces a dense cluster of slender canes, each topped by a small crown of light green, pinnate leaves. It is ideally suited for the smaller garden, best under a canopy of tall trees, and will also do well as a potted plant indoors if it gets bright light.

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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
1st seed up in about 6 weeks. Excellent germination rate, 70%. Plants are slow-growing indoors under fluorescent lights.
Submitted on 01/03/2003 by Steve Flynn sflynn22@mac.com

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Plants from this species ...

... are of average ornamental value
In Cairns in Australia they need little care and grow normal.
I have three plants of this species, all originally sourced from Cape York Peninsula from far north eastern Australia. They have been planted in a botanic gardens some 2500km further south (however receiving 75 inches a year). They have grown steadily within a semi shady site with rainforest plants. The colder weather seems to have slowed their growth with 1 plant being smaller than the other two. After 10 years the two largest are about 2m tall with half a dozen basal shoots, but havent flowered yet.Cheers from Kris
Submitted on 01/12/2006 by Kris Kupsch tropicalbotanics@hotmail.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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