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Syagrus kellyana

Quarter Coconut

A stately, new species, described in 2010 from the Atlantic Forest in the Brazilian State of Minas Gerais, where it grows on granite outcrops or shallow soils at mid elevations. Somewhat similar to S. picophylla, it sports a slender gray trunk to 5 m (17 ft.) tall and a rounded crown of beautifully arching, slightly plumose leaves. The large seeds are similar to those of Parajubaea cocoides. It will make a great addition to the range of easily grown palms for warm temperate as well as tropical climates.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
These are the fastest Syagrus seeds I have yet germinated. Within ten days they began to pop. What's interesting is they also broke through the soil within a couple of weeks of being planted. I used the bag and spanish moss method, using outdoor ambient temps. (>88f) and then transfered the seed to deep one gallon pots. I got a fifty percent germination rate on my first run. I am reserving the rest of my stock 'til spring to see if the seeds have orthodox qualities. Zone 9b 27. 38' N.. East coast Fla., USA.
Submitted on 13/11/2010 by Justin

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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In Canillas de aceituno Malaga in Spain they need very little care and grow normal.
They are trought tolerante and maybe -4 C coldhardy.I have them from seeds,stil in automatishe irrigation,between 4 wall,on 550 meters altitude,they have 3 yearsand geht a beautifull green-olive color,they take full sun.20 kilometers insideland in Malaga provincie,Spain.
Submitted on 06/12/2013 by Roberto Curion

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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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