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Coco Cumbe (local name),
Distribution & Habitat:
Only found in cultivation in dry, humid, high altitude valleys of the Andes thru Ecuador, Bolivia and Colombia. so is probably a cultivated variant of P. totallyi.
Large, solitary, pinnate palm, to about 10m tall, with a very hairy trunk, and long drooping leaves, quite similar to a coconut palm (Cocos nucifera). The leaflets are dark green with a white underside.
Sunny, well drained position. Prefers a frost free, temperate climate but will take frost, but dislikes high temperatures. Much slower growing than its brother, P. torallyi. Good for getting a tropical feel in cooler areas. Grows well in California, up to San Francisco.
Mike Gray (Figure 1&2)
Fred Zone 10A (Figure 2,3&4) (all pictures taken in
Huntington Botanical Gardens)