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Wettinia hirsuta

A spectacular, slender, solitary Wettinia from montane rainforests in northwestern Colombia between 400 and 1300 m (1300 and 4300 ft.) with a long, light grayish green crownshaft and a dense crown of spreading leaves with weeping, broad, dark green leaflets. The multiple, short inflorescences are crowded below the crownshaft and, before the bracts open, resemble ears of corn. It is threatened in its native habitat by deforestation and also rarely seen in cultivation, where it is best suited to humid, tropical and some warm temperate climates.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
The seeds that I bought from Rarepalmseeds. com germinated in a clear plastic bag in less than 2 months - out of 20 seeds, 12 have germinated but subseqent growth has been very slow. Another two months have passed and the first set of green leaves are finally poking out of one shoot. This may be due to the fact that I live in sub tropical part of Australia. The shoots are very dark red in colur. I am keeping all of these tiny plants indoors. The colour of the shoots is much darker as compared to Wettinia aqeualis shoots. I have sowed the seeds of wettinia aequalis in a pot in the garden and once the first shoot came out of the soil, a bird thinking that it is perhaps an insect choped it with its beak. The same thing happened to the 2nd shoot but the shoots kept growing and one shoot was chopped for the 2nd time and since then I have decided not to leave the tiny plants outdoors. The wettinia quinira shoots are green so the birds are not confused.
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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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