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Zombia antillarum

Zombi Palm

A smallish, suckering fan palm with slender stems clothed in fibrous, spiny leafsheats. Very rare.

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...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I searched every where for information on this palm. Seed germinates "Bag Method" easy 30 Deg C but dies quick with fungus in spite of sterile coco fibre and initial bleach. The white radicle quickly turns brown it is so quick some seed you may think has not germinated as seed is attacked as soon as its shell is breached by germination.I tried to germinate next in almost dry conditions in open pot and yes did get germination although the seed appeared dry on top. Root soon turned brown with rot in coco fibre. Next :- Soak seed for two days, Serialise Hydrogen peroxide, sterilise coco fibber each seed in small bag. As soon as root is 6mm long trans plant into VERY fast draining medium like cactus mix watering only when dry. Out of 10 seeds I have one treasured plant. I suspect in the wild there is some sort of symbiotic fungus that keeps the others at bay.. My advice is germination is not a problem but post germination care is critical.
Submitted on 11/12/2004 by David Herbert rocmade@iinet.net.au

...difficult to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
soaked seeds in water for a few days, changing water daily, then bagged some in 50/50 mix of Jungle Growth and Miracle Grow soils. Kept in warmed container. Others I planted in small hothouse with warming pad. Almost five months on, no results from any of them. Seeds seemed fresh, so I'll continue.
Submitted on 19/02/2004 by one of our visitors

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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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