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Raphia taedigera

Yolillo Palm

Massive is probably the best word to describe every aspect of this enormous palm from swampy areas in tropical Central and South America. Its clustering trunks usually stay comparatively short, but the plumose, ascending leaves can reach over 10 m (33 ft) in length. This palm is suitable for tropical and warm subtropical areas only and will develop at legendary speed.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are average to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
This plant is kind of erratic. Seeds do not necessarily need to be fresh, mine where stored for about 3 months, but remember to soak them in warm water, for some hours, before sowing. Place in a sterile mix to prevent rotting, I used 50% coco fiber and 50% pumice. I kept the baggies warm by placing them near the clothes dryer vent. Out of 12 the first 2 to germinate took 2 months, then a month later 3 more germinated. They need a medium-sized container, as the radicle is thick. After germination they kept growing quite fast, throwing the first leaf 4 weeks later.
Submitted on 26/12/2007 by Luis Diego G ldgarcia27@gmail.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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