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Hyophorbe verschaffeltii - Spindle Palm - 20 Fresh Seeds

Hyophorbe verschaffeltii - Spindle Palm - 20 Fresh Seeds

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Hyophorbe verschaffeltii - Spindle Palm - 20 Fresh Seeds

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Hyophorbe verschaffeltii - Spindle Palm

This listing is for a pack of 20 seeds of this small to medium sized palm, which is almost extinct in the wild.

Hyophorbe verschaffeltii, the Palmiste Marron, or Spindle Palm is 6 metres (20 ft) tall, and have lightly recurved pinnate leaves. They are elegant looking and are prized for landscape in the tropical and semi-tropical areas of the world. They are fairly short with 8-10 leaves that are held somewhat erect. Spindle palms have a crownshaft that becomes a light gray-green as the palm ages. Horn-like flower spikes emerge from below the crownshaft on mature specimens.

Spindle palms are fairly cold intolerant. They are defoliated at 32°F (0°C) and may be killed at anything below that. If the palm does survive a freeze, the next few emerging leaves are stunted. Spindle palms grow in the USA only in south Florida and in isolated favored microclimates in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area and the Cape Canaveral area of central Florida. They do make good container plants that can be protected from a freeze.

Spindle Palms are endemic to Rodrigues island, Mauritius. It is threatened by habitat loss. There are only fifty or so specimens left in the wild, although its survival as a species is guaranteed due to ubiquitous cultivation in tropical areas across the world.

It makes an ideal pot plant and will remain considerably smaller if restricted by pot growth.  It is not  frost tolerant and suitable for outdoor use only in Zone 11 and up.  It can be grown outside in pots in summer once the night time lows are above 9 Deg C.   It will also make an ideal houseplant,, requiring only a well lit location and not being allowed to dry out.  Easy to germinate from seed, it will grow quite fast initially, slowing down when older.

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