Ceroxylon quindiuense (3)

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Common Names:

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.

Cocora Valley, Colombia.
in Cocora Valley.
Cocora Valley in Colombia, famous for its wax palms.

Contributed by:

Michael Calonje,
Collectors Seeds (Figure 2,3&4)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, eMonocot, JSTOR, Trebrown

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