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Ptychosperma sanderianum

A mid-sized, clustering species native to easternmost New Guinea that produces dense stands of very slender stems . The grayish crownshafts hold several mildly arching leaves with very narrow leaflets. Like many Ptychosperma it is an easy, fast growing and trouble-free palm for the tropics but is rarely seen in cultivation.

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... are of high ornamental value
In st petersburg,FL in USA they need average care and grow normal.
This beauiful specimen really should be in more cultivation. I Planted my 3' OA about 6 years ago, It now has 5 trunks that are about 9' and starting to bloom, with a minimum of 2 inflorescences per trunk. While the larger trunks have grown well, mine seems slow to cluster grow at the base. It still only has 3 suckers coming up.Over all I would rate this a very tolerant easy palm, Takes shade to full sun well and does not seem to be needy in its soil or nutritional requirements. Since mine put out the standard non productive first blooms last year, I am hoping to harvest a "bumper crop" this year and will advise how the germination goes
Submitted on 04/04/2006 by Rick Nale kingpalmboy@msn.com

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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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