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Rhopaloblaste sp. (Tenaru)

Tenaru Palm

An outstandingly beautiful, tall, slender palm from montane rainforest on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Its long, elegantly arching, very finely divided, feather-shaped leaves form a rounded crown atop a brownish crownshaft. The nutmeg-sized fruits are easy to germinate and subsequent growth is rapid. Young plants also make most attractive potted plants that can be kept indoors for a while.

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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I received this ten seeds from rarepalmseeds just sprouted, with little roots and a starting leaf, so I put them in pots, now they growing. Unfortunately 3 of them was broken douring the travel so the rate is 70 %!
Submitted on 18/07/2003 by Federico Minghetti fdrc65@yahoo.it

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Out of 10 seeds 8 sprouted within 3 weeks. Standard "baggie" method, peat and temperature 32 - 35 d.C. Very easy and fast germinator.
Submitted on 14/05/2003 by Sergei Leonov serileonov@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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