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The Red Crownshaft Palm
Central and western South America
A very attractive, medium sized solitary palm, up to 7m tall with a slim, ringed trunk, cherry red to maroon crownshaft, and leaflets of varying widths.
There is apparantly a small population along the famous Inca Trail in southern Ecuador, which has been featured in many articles in palm society magazines.
Palm collectors have high hopes for this palm in cool temperate areas.
Prefers cool and moist conditions, with a rich soil and medium shade.
These pictures were taken in a cloudforest near Cali, Colombia on the Western
Cordillera of the Andes. These start occurring at 1900m, but are most
vigorous at 2100m, where it is constantly cold. It is a beautiful palm with
a salmon colored trunk and a candy red crownshaft. It needs cool moist
weather to grow and has been grown succesfully in northern California as
well as parts of New Zealand.
Collectors Seeds (Figure 1&2).