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Wettinia kalbreyeri

Macana Palm

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.

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Seeds from this species ...

...easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
I got these seeds from here (naturally). I kept them at summer room temp ( 22 - 27 ), in moist palm peat. Seven seeds germinated within six weeks. I am awaiting the other four, but the seeds still look good. The seedlings are slow growing for now, I suspect they will pick-up speed as they grow.
Submitted on 23/05/2002 by Dennis Lutge dlutge@edgars.co.za

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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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