Andean Wax Palm
Distribution & Habitat:
Moist slopes of the Columbian Andes, South America.
An extremely tall (to 60m) feather palm, with a wax covered crownshaft, and leaf underside, which gives it a silvery grey colouring.
One of the worlds tallest palms. Humboldt described these as "a forest over the forest".
Likes temperate, but frost free areas - cool, humid, and moist. Very difficult to grow outside these areas.
Figure 1. C. quindiense in habitat.
Note size of person at bottom.
Figure 2. A nice waxy trunk in the forest at
Cocora Valley, Colombia.
Figure 3. A tree growing over the canopy
in Cocora Valley.
Figure 4. Spectacular shot of C. quindiuense in
Cocora Valley in Colombia, famous for its wax palms.
Contributed by: Michael Calonje, Collectors Seeds (Figure 2,3&4)
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