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Thrinax excelsa

Jamaican Thatch Palm

Native to rocky cliffs and ridges in the mountains of Jamaica, this species is without doubt the most beautiful Thrinax. It has stunning, leathery and large, circular fan leaves that are up to 3 m (10 ft.) across and silvery below. It adapts well to cultivation in the tropical or subtropical garden and looks best in a sheltered situation.

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Seeds from this species ...

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Mature fruits were taken from a palm tree and pulp was taken out from fruits after three days washing them with tap water. The seeds were dried in the shade by 10 days. They were planted into a mixture of Pecan Shells, vermiculite, lava sand, molasses, and cottonseed meal in an aluminum tray with drainages. Tray was covered with a plastic stock market. They stayed in my backyard underneath a tree getting indirect light. Water was added every week. Seeds began to germinate very slowly on 2 months and 25 days. Average temperature in this part of Dominican Republic was 28 degrees Celsius.
Submitted on 21/09/2005 by Candido Boris Pichardo borispichardo@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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Suitable for: all

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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