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Andean Royal Palm
Distribution & Habitat:
It grows in Andean cloud forest from Panama to Bolivia at up to 2000 metres altitude.
A spectacular palm to 25 metres high with a smooth, thin, slightly swollen trunk, black stilt roots and a long, bluey/gray crownshaft. It has a crown of up to 6 very large plumose leaves than can be up to 5 metres long and which have long, stiff leaflets.
Renowned as difficult to grow, it demands very high humidity year round, but can withstand quite cool conditions.
Lundkvist Palm Garden (Figure 1&2)