A truly amazing palm, this rare species from high altitude cloud forest
in the Andes in Colombia and Ecuador (to about 2200m / 7300ft), is one
of the largest Wettinia and produces a slender, solitary, smooth trunk,
supported by a dense cone of stilt roots and topped by an open crown of
full, plumose leaves held much in the manner of the legendary Dictyocaryum.
The crown is supported by a tall, green crownshaft. Due to its high altitude
habitat, W. kalbreyeri is tolerant of prolonged cool conditions but does
not like frost. It will grow quite fast in a protected, shady spot in
a warm temperate or subtropical climate. Older plants tolerate more exposure
to sun and wind. This palm is an absolute must grow.