This section is from the book "The Standard Cyclopedia Of Horticulture Vol2", by L. H. Bailey. See also: Western Garden Book: More than 8,000 Plants - The Right Plants for Your Climate - Tips from Western Garden Experts.
(Greek for golden fruit). Palmaceae, tribe Arecese. Spineless stoloniferous fan palms, with medium fasciculate ringed stems.
Leaves pinnatisect, long-acuminate; segments about 100, bifid at the apex, the lateral nerves remote from the midrib: fruit usually violet or almost black. - Species 1, which is a popular florist's plant. Madagascar. Treated lutescens.
Fig. 926. Chrysalidocarpus as a part of Hyophorbe by Engler and Prantl, but here kept distinct, as it is commonly known as Chrysalidocarpus by cultivators.
(Hyophorbe indica, Gaertn. H. Commersoniana, Mart. Areca lutescens, Bory). Fig. 926. stem 30 ft. high, 4-6 in. diam., cylindrical, smooth, thickened at the base: leaves very long; segments almost opposite, lanceolate, 2 ft. long, 2 1/2 in. wide, acute, with 3 prominent primary nerves, which are convex below and acutely 2-faced above. Bourbon. A.G. 13: 141. A.F. 4:566. - In growing Chrysalidocarpus (or Areca) lutescens in quantity, it will be found a good plan to sow the seeds either on a bench, in boxes or seed-pans, so prepared that the seedlings will remain in the soil in which they germinate until they have made 2 or more leaves The first If. made above the soil is small, and if plants are potted off at this stage they must be very carefully watered in order not to sour the soil. In the preparation of the receptacles for the seed, a little gravel in the bottom will be found good, as the roots work very freely through it, and when the time comes to separate the plants previous to potting, it is an easy matter to disentangle the roots without bruising them. Probably the plan which works best is to wash the soil and gravel entirely from among the roots.
Pot in soil not too dry, and for the next few days keep the house extra warm and humid, and the plants shaded from the sun without any moisture applied to the soil. Jared G. Smith and G. W. Oliver.