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Ceroxylon echinulatum

Pumbo Wax Palm

A slender, tall species, native mainly to the Amazon side of the Andes in Ecuador where it grows in cloud forest around 2000 m (6500 ft.) a.s.l. In habit it resembles C. alpinum, sporting a circular crown of gracefully arching leaves with pendulous leaflets that are dark green above and silvery below, and a tall, whitish trunk. C. echinulatum is virtually unknown in cultivation but should adapt well to mild temperate and subtropical climates.

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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Didn't soak these like I normally would because of situations beyond my control (quarantine). Managed to put seeds into a spaghnum moss bag and after 3 months 50% had germinated and 2 were putting out there first leaf while still in the bag. Other 5 I've since soaked in water for a few days and they may come up in some time. This seems to be a more vigourous grower as a seedling than quindiense or alpinum, and I've not lost any seedlings to rot like the books will worry you about. Worth trying for the temperate to subtropical garden as it is not commonly cultivated.
Submitted on 02/07/2003 by Tyrone tynat98@hotmail.com

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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Kakamega in Kenya they need average care and grow normal.
Seeds of most Ceroxylon seem easy to germinate and this proved just as easy. Growing the seedlings was a little big harder, and after 3 years I have 7 of 10 still alive. They are now just under a meter in height to the newest emerging leaf, and look healthy.I have transplanted them from their pots to the garden (western Kenya, 1,500 m a.s.l, 2000+ mm of rain per year) in well drained soil in mild shade. I regularly supplement them with chicken manure and sugar cane waste compost, and the plants look magnificent. I had trouble with 2 seedlings planted near a stream and I have since moved them to higher ground with better drainage. I also had trouble with 1 seedling in heavy shade and it has since been moved to a more open space. All the seedlings look excellent now.
Submitted on 08/10/2013 by Anton

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If you wish to read more on palm cultivation, we highly recommend Ornamental Palm Horticulture by Timothy K. Broschat and Alan W. Meerow, available in our bookshop.

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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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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