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Rhopalostylis sapida East Cape

East Cape Nikau

These seeds are habitat collected from Rhopalostylis populations in the East Cape area of New Zealand. This local form is quite similar to the famous and rare Nikau growing on Little Barrier Island, even though a bit smaller. Plants form a very large trunk and a gigantic crownshaft. The crown is large and spreading and the leaflets are wide. This form has probaly not been sold outside of New Zealand before. In cultivation, like all Rhopalostylis, it prefers cool climates that experience light frosts only and an abundance of moisture. It is a slow but reliable and steady grower and will over the years grow into a spectacular landscape palm.

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Seeds from this species ...

...very difficult to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I've not found it easy to germinate these, though, I've had better luck with this one than (Auckland).The first batch of (East Cape) that I tried, failed. Out of the seconed batch, I only managed 10% using the usual poly bag and vermiculite method at 25ºC to 30ºC.I think that fresh seed is a must, and I shall try sowing directly into pots next time.
Submitted on 12/03/2004 by Phil Markey phil@trebrown.com

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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
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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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