Calyptrogyne ghiesbreghtiana

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Figure 1. C. ghiesbreghtiana

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Common Names:

Coligallo palm, (Spanish for roosters tail in reference to the leaf shape)
Vampire palm (in reference to its being pollinated by bats)

Distribution & Habitat:

An understory rainforest palm from Southeast Mexico and Central America, where it is found from sea level up to 1500m (4800') into the cloud forests.

Description:

A very attractive, small, solitary palm with partially split feather leaves up to 1.2m (4') long and dark green. The new leaves can be a dark red through to red-orange colour. The flowers are produced all year, on upright inflorescences. They are monoecious but the male and female flowers open at different times.

General:

Its flowers are pollinated by bats.

Culture:

Sheltered and moist but well drained. Although found at cool altitudes, it isn't very frost tolerant. Very popular with palm collectors.


Figure 2. C. ghiesbreghtiana


Contributed by:

Luke Nancarrow (Figure 1&2)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, eMonocot, JSTOR, Trebrown

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