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Ceroxylon parvum

Dwarf Wax Palm

Rarely reaching more than 5 m (16 ft.) tall with a waxy trunk to only about 15 cm (6 in.) in diameter and a compact crown of spreading, plumose leaves, this wax palm is the smallest species in the genus. It is native to high altitude rain and cloud forests in the Andes in southern Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia between 1400 and about 3100 m (4600 and 10100 ft.). This wide altitudinal range indicates that it should be adaptable to a range of mild temperate and subtropical climates. We are very proud to finally be able to introduce this rare species to cultivation on more than a most limited scale.

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Seeds from this species ...

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
Seeds were pre-soaked for 3 days in warm water changed daily. Sown in moist peat and kept all the time at 19 - 21 d.C. The peat was kept all the time moist but not wet. Out of 10 seed three germinated after about 1,5 - 2 months after sowing. Subsequent seedlings growth was slow, however after potting them up individually the same speeded up immensely - already silvery undersides! Remaining 7 seeds are being still kept for further germination as upon inspection they looked firm and hard.
Submitted on 12/03/2004 by Sergei Leonov serileonov

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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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Suitable for: all

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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