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Pelagodoxa henryana - 100mm pot / tube is backordered and will ship as soon as it is back in stock.
Pelagodoxa henryana is considered to be native to the Marquesas Islands, an isolated group of islands south of the Equator in the central Pacific Ocean.
This strange and very beautiful palm sports a moderately tall, slender, smooth trunk topped by a spreading crown of large, undivided leaves that are silver / whitish below and may be split by strong winds.
The large fruits are covered in a curious, warty skin and can reach 10 cm in diameter or perhaps more. Pelagodoxa henryana has been confused with the similar Pelagodoxa mesocarpa from Vanuatu for decades. It can be distinguished by its shorter, wider leaf with a green midrib.
The leaves are large, undivided, and may extend to 3 m long and to about 1 m wide. The upper surface is green and the lower surface has a distinctive silvery, white colouration.
Pelagodoxa henryana is an extremely beautiful, somewhat difficult palm to germinate and grow but are well worth the effort. It is adapted to the humid tropical climates, It's elegant foliage and small stature make it suitable for a smaller landscapes.
People who live in colder climates can still enjoy the palms as potted plants. Seed is not often available from cultivated plants, for this reason, it has been an expensive item, normally reserved for collectors. It has a fibrous root system and benefits from deep organic, soils that are fertile, as long as they are well drained.
Likes a half-shaded, sheltered position. If home-grown, give some sun as with most tropical palms. Seeds take 4-6 months to germinate and can be erratic with poor germination rates, which is another reason they are not offered for sale often. It prefers adequate moisture to look its best. Don't let sit in water though. Indoor, potted palms should not be over-watered.
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