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Trithrinax brasiliensis

Brazilian Needle Palm

A beautiful and cold hardy palm from Brazil with stiff, fan-shaped leaves and a trunk that bears an interesting and intricate pattern of old leaf bases. The seeds germinate readily and subsequent seedling growth is fast. It probably prefers full sun, but can certainly accomodate light shade too, and is quite drought tolerant as it comes from areas with a long dry season. It will grow in most climates from temperate to subtropical and, with its large bunches of white to pale green fruits the size and shape of grapes, it would be an attractive addition to any garden.

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Seeds from this species ...

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
This is a palm from the south part of Brazil, i am used to germinate them quite often, i use half of the substract sand and the other half dirt. They take sometimes 6 months to show the first leave. The important thing to this palm is the seeds should be fresh and they have to be weel cleaned to avoyd the fungus in it. if you consider this two things they are easy to germinate.
Submitted on 23/05/2004 by Paulo Hanke canillabscompany@yahoo.com

...very difficult to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
0 per cent germination after six months. developed extensive fungal growth in spagnum moss/bag method. potted seeds attractive to rodents. one of my favorite palms and i'll keep tyring!
Submitted on 12/06/2003 by john voss waver1@earthlink.net

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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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