Dictyocaryum lamarckianum

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Figure 1. D. lamarckianum


Common Names:

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.

Figure 2. D. lamarckianum crownshaft detail.

Contributed by:

Lundkvist Palm Garden (Figure 1&2)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, JSTOR, Trebrown

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