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Ceroxylon ventricosum

Ecuadorian Wax Palm

One of the biggest and probably the most impressive of the Ceroxylon with a white, often swollen trunk that is visible from a good distance, especially as it often to be seen growing on slopes where they stand out clearly against the dark vegetation. In some areas of its large range in the high Andes of Ecuador and Colombia to 3000 m (10 000 ft), there are stands of hundreds of individuals, but more often it appears only in one's or two's. Like all Ceroxylon it prefers a cool, humid, warm temperate or subtropical climate without extreme heat and only moderate frosts.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 6 months to sprout.
These palms are very easy growers in my climate. Almost all of my 450 seeds have germinated now at end of 6 months. They are under shade, and sown into humus-enriched sandy soil, protected from additional heat. This is my second very successful germination attempt with this palm species. My first attempt was with 50 seeds from a friend in a warmer part of the country. His 50 seeds of the same batch all died, mine all survived. I strongly suspect the vital difference is that my climate has significantly cooler nights in summer, better matching habitat climatic conditions.
Submitted on 20/03/2007 by Ben McNeill ben_mnl@yahoo.co.nz

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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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