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Ceroxylon amazonicum

Amazon Wax Palm

Ceroxylon have a reputation of requiring constant cool temperatures to fare well. While this is indeed true for some of the high altitude species, there are some that will tolerate moderate heat, and in fact one obscure and very rare species from the Amazonian foothills of the Andes in Ecuador, Ceroxylon amazonicum, that, surprisingly, thrives even under tropical conditions. While in the upper reaches of its habitat it grows in cloud and rainforest around 2000 m (6500 ft.) a.s.l. with species such as Wettinia, Ceroxylon echinulatum and Geonoma, it also descends down into the steamy tropical lowland forests as low as 800 m (2600 ft.), where palms such as Mauritia flexuosa, Syagrus sancona and Oenocarpus bataua are seen close by. While its distribution and altitudinal range is actually much greater than previously recorded and covers many mountain ranges in southeastern Ecuador, it still is seriously threathend by deforestation for agriculture. It is arguably the most attractive of the Ceroxylon, forming a smooth, slender, tall trunk that carries a dense, rounded crown of flat, spreading leaves, dark green above and intensely silvery below.

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... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
This Ceroxylon is a very easy palm to germinate. One had already germinated when they arrived. I didnt soak them in water as I usually do with my seeds as they were in excellent condition and ready to germinate. I placed them in perlite in room temprature(18-20C) and misted them when the seeds started to dry.Within the first 15 day they started to germinate and 10 of 11 germinated,even one that had a cracked shell. I still wait the 11th to germinate as it is still heavy and looks good. Be carefull with the watering and be carefull not to burry them too deep. They should be burried until the base of the root. Do not cover the green part of the base. I found that the seedlings are easier to raise if left on the perlite until they put their first leaf.
Submitted on 22/10/2007 by Konstantinos Giannopoulos giannopouloskonstantinos@yahoo.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
I have soaked 10 seeds in the water for 2 days. I have placed my seeds in differents pot of tourbe. The temperature was 20-28°C. 5 are germinated in 3 months.
Submitted on 04/08/2005 by Guillaume Chomicki-Bayada willy89@wanadoo.fr

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Easily the fastest germinating Ceroxylon I have (C. alpinum, C. amazonicum, C. quindiuense, C. ventricosum, C. vogelianum, C. parvum). About 80% + of my seeds have germinated after only 2-3 weeks of soaking. I have used the baggie method with vermiculite and sphagnum moss.
Submitted on 07/03/2004 by Tim Brisbane anthonylking@aol.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Wow. This is a Ceroxylon which believes it's a Dypsis (like decaryi) or an Archontophoenix when you consider it's speed, something which Ceroxylons generally are not known for. I got fresh seeds from rarepalmseeds, the first few popped after about 2 weeks in spaghnum moss in plastic containers at room temp(20-25C) with no additional heat, and kept steadily germinating for about two and a half months. After 3 months I had potted out 21 plants from 30 seeds. I potted them out after about an inch or more of root growth and the beginings of a green cotyledonary sheath. 4 months later I have 22 plants all pushing out spears with not one failure. This is amazing for a Ceroxylon because it is the middle of Summer with day temp's around 35-42C and nights from 15-23C. This would normally stop or kill C.quindiense which I have found I can't grow in Summer here in Perth Western Australia. The seedlings are kept in full shade with copious water with a spaghnum moss top dressing in the pots to up the humidity. I'm confident they will be alright through winter :). The other seeds may still germinate, as they still look good. Definitely try this one.
Submitted on 14/02/2004 by Tyrone Cripps tynat98@hotmail.com

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Very easy to germinate and need a month to sprout. Temperature average: 25 - 30 C. The first seed germination appears after 23 days. In 39 days I have obteined 100% of germination (11 seeds).
Submitted on 17/11/2003 by Joo Carlos Geraldo jcgeraldi@uol.com.br

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Ratings and comments reflect individual experiences and the views of our visitors. They do not necessarily describe the most appropriate methods, nor are they necessarily valid for all seeds or plants of this species. Germination and plant cultivation success depends on many different factors; nevertheless, these experiences will hopefully aid you in your effort to get the best germination results from our seeds and the best growth results from your plants.

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