Ceroxylon ventricosum

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Figure 1. C. ventricosum in Ventura, California.


Common Names:

Ecuadorian Wax Palm

Distribution & Habitat:

An emergent palm of the Andes rainforest.


A tall, solitary palm, with a waxy crownshaft, and dark green leaves that are whitish underneath. The trunk is also very waxy, it feels like it's been powdered with baby powder.


Cool,humid and moist, but well drained. That said the plant pictured here is growing in Ventura California, where the summers would be quite hot and dry.

Figure 2. C. ventricosum crown detail.

Contributed by:

Dave from So-Cal (Figure 1)
Dutch Vandervort (Figure 2)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, eMonocot, JSTOR, Trebrown

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