Ceroxylon alpinum

Synonymy: Unknown Distribution: South America
Common names: Andean wax palm Conservation status: Unknown

Famous high altitude palm from 2000 metres up in the Andes Mountains of South America where it endures
cool and damp conditions for most of the year. An acid soil suits it best (use Miracid) together with moist
and damp conditions and of course an adequate supply of water. Opinions as to its hardiness vary;
certainly it will require protection for the first few years if grown outside. Alternatively, grow it in a cool
greenhouse for a few years until it is big enough to plant out.

Top photo courtesy and copyright 2001, Michael Calonje; taken in habitat in Colombia. Bottom photo courtesy and copyright 2000, Martin Gibbons & Tobias Spanner, The Rare Palm Seeds Site.

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