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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 21


Otto Martens

pp: 110-117

When we think, read or dream of the tropics, nothing comes into mind faster than soft balmy air, blue lagoons with white beaches, palms swaying in the breeze, and glorious sunsets as inviting background for the silhouettes of majestic graceful Cocos nucifera.

The International Airport in Los Angeles has taken advantage of this "tropical" thought association for commercial reasons: The winter traveler from Canada, from the blizzardy plains of the middle west, or the snowbound eastern states, is made to believe that he landed right in the tropics on stepping out of the plane into all the palms that wise and skillful landscape architects placed in and around the air terminal in groups and in groves.

Limitation of palm habitats and uses makes familiarity with this plant group non-existent to some and restricted to those of you from winter-cold and desert-dry areas. So, to understand our topic easier a few remarks on physiology and ecology may be in order. Palms are the plants most valued

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