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Ceroxylon vogelianum

Vogels Wax Palm

Of the Wax Palms, C. vogelianum is the most easily recognizable with its plumose leaves and pendulous-tipped leaflets radiating out in all directions. It is fairly common along its wide range in the high Andes from Venezuela all the way down to Bolivia, though it is usually found in scattered small groups as opposed to massive stands. It grows at quite high elevations, between 1800 and 3200 m (5900 to 10500 ft), and it is relatively hardy to cold conditons and would be a good species to try in the moist and shady, temperate garden. Our seeds come from a particularly robust form from Colombia.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
Seeds sown into a humus-enhanced sandy loam soil (to replicate forest conditions) and kept under shadecloth. Seedlings began to appear above the surface sporadically starting at about 3 months from sowing. They seem very easy, and tolerant of transplanting.
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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