Ptychosperma macarthurii: discovery, horticulture and taxonomy

Dowe, John Leslie (2007) Ptychosperma macarthurii: discovery, horticulture and taxonomy. Palms, 51 (2). pp. 85-96.

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Ptychosperma macarthurii is one of the world’s most popular ornamental palms, proving adaptable to a broad range of climatic and cultural conditions. Contrary to this apparent adaptability, the species is relatively uncommon in its native habitats in southern New Guinea and northern Australia, and otherwise occupies a narrow ecological niche. There are some noticeable differences between wild growing plants and those now in cultivation under this name, a situation often attributed to hybridization with other Ptychosperma species. This paper presents an account of the species’ discovery in 1875 during William Macleay’s Chevert Expedition to New Guinea, subsequent introduction to horticulture by Sir William Macarthur and the Veitch Nurseries, and ex

Item ID: 2599
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1523-4495
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2009 03:29
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