This sampler contains 10 seeds. Not uncommon in its home in the Florida Everglades and other swampy areas throughout much of the Caribbean, this lovely palm typically grows with three or four of its slim trunks towering above the rest of the clump. Small, neat, fan-shaped leaves atop chestnut brown stems gives it an attractive appearance. Acoelorrhaphe wrightii is highly adaptable and will succeed on a wide range of soils and in a wide range of climates, from tropical to warm temperate. It is hardy to waterlogging, drought, fire and can take moderate freezes.
This sampler contains 10 seeds. This popular, elegant, and fast growing palm from southern and eastern Australia has grass green leaves, a slim trunk, and a long, smooth crownshaft. An easy-to-grow plant suitable for cool temperate to tropical climates, or for indoors if given bright enough light. In the garden, the copiously produced seeds and resulting seedlings can be a bit of a nuisance.
This sampler contains 10 seeds. A small, shrubby, understorey palm to 2 m (7 ft.) tall, with densely clustering, thin, canelike stems and small leaves that are dark green above and silvery white below. The leaflets are roughly fishtail shaped and have jaggedly toothed margins. A. caudata is widespread over Southeast Asia and does well in a shady spot in the tropical or warm subtropical garden.
This sampler contains 10 seeds. In Asia, sap from the cut off inflorescences of the Sugar Palm are used to produce a crude kind of sugar. It is a big, fast growing, tropical tree, with long, pinnate leaves that have silvery undersides. Its trunk is covered with old leafbases and coarse fibers in the fashion of Trachycarpus fortunei, but on a giant scale. Arenga pinnata is widespread in tropical forests in Asia, from northeastern India to Malesia. It makes an interesting potted plant when young, and an impressive, large tree for the tropical garden when older.
This sampler contains 10 seeds. Recently described as a new species by Andrew Henderson, this medium-sized palm native to a variety of moist lowland forest habitats in the southern Ryukyu Islands of Japan has previously been thought to be identical with A. engleri from Taiwan. There are a number of notable differences, however, for example the strongly ribbed leaflets that are lobed at the tip only, and the twice as large seeds. Its is generally smaller and stockier than A. engleri, with fibrous, clustering trunks that can reach to 2 m (7 ft.) tall when the plant starts flowering and arching, flat, dark green leaves that are silvery below and to 2 m (7 ft.) long. Arenga ryukyuensis may be more cold tolerant than its Taiwanese cousin and will thrive in most warm temperate as well as tropical climates.