Tropical & Conservatory Seeds

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  1. ARECA VESTIARIA

    A rarely seen, spectacular and greatly desired multi-stemmed Indonesian palm, sporting red maroon emergent leaves that hold their colour for weeks before they fade to a dark, faintly mottled green. The crown shaft and the leaf midribs of this clustering, shade-loving ornamental palm are also brilliant reddish-orange. ... Learn More

    $6.81

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    ARENGA CAUDATA

    This rarely grown, dwarf, clustering Thai palm really does make a nice potted plant or smaller plant, where it will do well in a shady spot in the tropical or warm subtropical garden. Native to Thailand and other parts of South-East Asia, it is an understorey palm, with densely clustering, thin, canelike stems and small leaves that are dark green above and silvery white below. The attractive leaflets are roughly fishtail-shaped and have jaggedly toothed margins. ... Learn More

    $4.52

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    BISMARCKIA NOBILIS

    A serious contender for the world's most attractive palm, the impressive blue-silver fan-shaped leaves can reach up to 2m in width and are divided into 20 segments each. When mature it produces strong, star-shaped stems carrying just a small number of enormous seeds. A staggeringly attractive plant, when I first encountered one in the Canary Islands I simply stood in awe for two or three minutes. A monotypic palm (ie the only one of its genus) it was named for the first chancellor of the German Empire, Prince Otto von Bismarck. The plant is as statuesque and impressive as the man was himself, with a slender trunk capable of reaching over 30cm diameter in the right conditions. Any suitable garden in need of a living architectural statement could do a lot worse than grow this mighty plant. Very few seeds ever available. ... Learn More

    $10.91

  4. BIXA ORELLANA

    This lovely tropical and sub-tropical shrub or bushy tree has glossy, ovate, evergreen leaves on twigs which are covered with rust-coloured scales when young and are bare when older. Sprays of attractive pink and white flowers open, producing striking, bright red, two-valved fruits, covered with dense soft bristles. When ripe, they split open revealing masses of small, inedible, fleshy seeds, covered with red-orange pulp. The inedible fruit is harvested for its seeds which produce the reddish orange dye annatto, which is one of the most important food grade natural colourants widely used in the dairy industry, and also for confectionery and bakery products, as well as non-edible purposes such as cosmetics and dying leather. ... Learn More

    $4.10

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    BRAHEA DULCIS

    This tough palm has large, unusually attractive, bluish-green, very finely-divided fan-shaped leaves, which are rounder and wider than those of Brahea armata. A medium-height palm, it can reach 3 metres or more, and is thus well adapted to small gardens. Endemic to Mexico, it will thrive in sandy, well-drained soil, in the sun or partial shade, and can withstand frost and drought well, and is happy down to 23°F (-3°C). A slow growing palm, It makes a perfect, easy-to-grow specimen for temperate and subtropical climates. ... Learn More

    $5.00

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    BRAHEA SP 'SUPER SILVER'

    Possibly completely new to science, this astonishing plant is possibly the silverest palm ever discovered, and is currently the hottest new plant in the hardy palm world. A silver-leaved feather palm unlike anything ever seen previously! Unlike the previous silver-fronded palms, such as Brahea armata, this one is missing the sharp, wicked leaf edge spines, the stalks being totally thornless. Although the leaves have been describes as intensely bright silvery white, no description does justice to it. Researchers recently discovered it around 6,000' elevation in the high desert valleys of Central Mexico, and are confident it represents a new unnamed species. ... Learn More

    $6.46

  7. BUTEA MONOSPERMA

    This gorgeous, slow-growing South East Asian native tree opens its bright orange-red flowers, produced in clusters up to 15 cm long, from January to March, when it becomes a tree of flame, an absolute riot of orange and vermilion flowers, which cover the entire crown, massed along the ends of the stalks. Each flower consists of five petals comprising a standard, two smaller wings, and a curved beak-shaped keel, hence the name of "Parrot Tree". Traditionally the flowers were used to make the bright colour for the festival of Holi. In Manipur, when a member of the Meitei community dies and his body cannot be be found, the wood of this tree is often cremated in place of the body. It is also said that the tree is a form of Agnidev, God of Fire and was a punishment given to him by Goddess Parvati, for disturbing Her and Lord Shiva's privacy. And finally, the gum from the tree called "kamarkas" in Hindi is used in certain food dishes ... Learn More

    $4.10

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    CALAMUS VIMINALIS

    The attractive osier-like Rattan palm, a climbing palm, has pale yellow fruits, about 0.5 cm across, resembling small, pointed cones, arranged in a raceme. These are often known as “canella berries” in the potpourri trade. It is alsothe source of “palm spirals,” either as a tubular spiral or pyramidal spiral, the individual stems 0.5-1 cm wide, the entire spirals 5-10 cm high. It is widely cultivated In India and Australia but in the wild is native to Indonesia, Java and Bali in Indonesia; Peninsular Malaysia; all parts of Thailand; Cambodia; Cochinchina and Central Annam in Vietnam; all parts of Laos; Myanmar; Bangladesh; and Andaman. ... Learn More

    $4.66

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    CHAMAEDOREA ELEGANS

    This universally popular, relatively dwarf palm, most often grown as a houseplant, produces masses of attractive light green fronds on slender, arching stems. An elegant plant, easy to look after, with excellent air purifying qualities, it is undemanding in terms of light, water, temperature, humidity and feed, making it perfect for those of us that like low-maintenance room-mates. On NASA’s list of 50 Indoor plants that clean the air, it is perfect for filtering and purifying stagnant air, and is a popular choice for growing in the work place, and indeed is one of the most heavily sold houseplant palms in the world. Small yellow flowers occasionally appear from spring to autumn, followed by small black fruit. Of course, it also makes a gorgeous garden specimen in warmer climes, and is found growing in the wild in Mexico and Guatemala. ... Learn More

    $4.80

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    CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRIZII

    Potted bamboo palms bring color and warmth to any room in the house. There are many to choose from, but most need bright indirect light in order to thrive. However, this unusual palm is an exception to this rule and will grow in low light conditions, although they will grow taller with more light. Indeed it is also remarkably tolerant of dry air as well as low light levels. It grows as a clustering clump of stems, each ringed similarly to bamboo, and from which the common name Bamboo Palm arises, each stem being topped by an open crown of delicate feathery leaves, usually to 50cm long. ... Learn More

    $5.42

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    COCCOTHRINAX ACUMINATA

    A slender, solitary trunk, clothed in its upper part in coarse leafsheath fibres, supports a small crown of beautiful, rigid, circular leaves, green above and silvery white below. It is best suited for the drier tropics and withstands light frost and coastal exposure. This rare, choice and highly desirable palm is native to coastal areas in western Cuba. ... Learn More

    $5.28

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    CYCAS CLIVICOLA SUBSP LUTEA

    Popularly sought by collectors but not common in cultivation, this recently described, elegant, slender species cycad is suited to tropical gardens which have a seasonally dry climate, although it also makes an impressive pot plant. With an attractive, smooth, yellowish trunk with a nicely rounded base, and green leaves, it is easy to grow, tolerating dry periods, and thrives best in full sun in a well drained soil. In the wild it grows on limestone cliffs from southeast Thailand to southern Vietnam. ... Learn More

    $9.10

  13. CYCAS PECTINATA

    One of the most attractive and easy-to-grow of all tropical plants, this gorgeous evergreen cycad produces branched stems, each one being topped by a crown of 30 - 40 leaves that can each be up to a meter long after several years. It is often a feature of hotel gardens in warmer countries where it produces a brown, furry, football-sized heart, from which, when it is mature, appears a cluster of attractive, egg-like, bright red seeds. Although it can grow larger in hot countries outside, in cooler countries it makes an imposing, very long-lived specimen in a large pot, and is perfect in a sun lounge or conservatory where it will grow more slowly. ... Learn More

    $8.69

  14. CYPHOMANDRA BETACEA TREE TOMATO

    Like its closely-related cousins the ordinary common tomatoes, the egg-size fruit makes good eating, and is typically made into jams or conserve, although it is recommended that the skin and seeds are removed before cooking. It is easily grown from seed and makes an attractive contrast to the more typical foliage of cannas, gingers and bananas. The roots of this plant are quite tough surviving moderate frosts, and in relatively mild areas usually re-grow from the base. It therefore makes either a fruiting shrub, or even a perennial tree, with a trunk, producing a crop of fruit yearly in warmer countries! Otherwise grow in a large container and overwinter frost free. ... Learn More

    $5.07

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    DYPSIS BARONII

    One of the most beautiful of the clumping/clustering palms, this is a beautiful specimen for smaller gardens and can be used as a smaller dramatic palm in a larger garden design also, and even in a large container. Native to montane forest throughout Madagascar, it is mostly admired for its prominently ringed multiple trunks which rtesemble tyhick sugar canes. It performs best in a sheltered, shaded site, however it will certainly take full sun as well. While it closely resembles the popular Golden Cane Palm (Dypsis lutescens), this one is more tolerant of cool conditions and light frosts, and will grow well in warm temperate to tropical conditions. ... Learn More

    $5.42

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