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Ravenea albicans

White Majesty Palm

A very rare and hard to obtain species from the northeast of Madagascar, where it grows in the undergrowth of moist tropical forests at low elevation. It is a midsized palm with a slender trunk that can reach about 9 m (30 ft.) tall. Its most stunning feature are the white undersides of the leaves, which make it immediately recognizable.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
slowly but surely, they pop out of their shell, i had mine in a see thru plastic storage box, plus lid, in perlite, covered with sphagnum moss, i kept them moist, they grew well, but once you plant them into pots, is the tricky part, i only have 2 left, cos of bad weather over the years and too many holidays... after 4 years, they are in 4" pots, and about 10 cms tall an spread, 5 cute small baby leaves, and leavelets, like a dwarf miniature palm, uniform shaped. this year with more care they are growing out of their baby stage, and i can tell they will be very nice plants to look at, nice green color. they take some dry, but i think atleast while they are small, they want moisture near them, as for cold, a itny amount of burn, but again - they are only old babys still.
Submitted on 21/02/2009 by Sash of sydney Romantic Palms

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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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