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Ceroxylon parvifrons

Golden Wax Palm

Growing to one of the highest elevations for any palm, to 3200m/10500ft, it is the hardiest species in the genus and a most distinctive and beautiful one with its erect, slightly arching leaves with a very regular outline, looking as though they had been trimmed with scissors, and stiff, upward pointing leaflets. The undersides of the leaves usually carry a thick golden tomentum. It is definitely our favourite species within the genus simply because of its stunning appearance. The name 'Ceroxylon utile' has frequently been applied to plants of this species growing at high altitudes in Colombia. C. utile has been reported to grow to altitudes of just over 4000m/13000ft in the Andes near Volcan Chiles, located on the border between Colombia and Ecuador. Despite a thorough search of the area, we found no evidence of any palm growing at this altitude among the millions (literally), of the strange Espeletia at home here. On descending, the first palms we encountered were C. parvifrons at about 3000m/9800ft. We believe C. utile to be identical with C. parvifrons and the altitude of 4000m/13000ft an error. Throughout the Andes, the young leaves - and sometimes, to reach them, entire trees - are cut for the decoration of churches on Palm Sunday, making this palm increasingly rare in its native habitat. C. parvifrons is practically unknown in cultivation outside Ecuador and Colombia. We have collected a particularly large and robust form of this extremely variable palm. Act now, it may be your last chance for many years to come.

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Seeds from this species ...

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
I got 75% germination from C. parvifrons at a temperature of 20C, and using a rather peaty soil mix. I have heard of other people having difficulty with them, but they were easy in my experience.
Submitted on 01/08/2002 by Ian Barclay deus_vobiscum@hotmail.com

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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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