Cyrtostachys renda

Synonymy: Cyrtostachys lakka Distribution: Peninsular Malaysia, southern Thailand, Borneo, Sumatra
Common names: Sealing wax palm, lipstick palm, pinang raja (Malaysia) Conservation status: Not threatened except in Sumatra and Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo), where it is rare

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The sealing wax palm comes from Malaysia, New Guinea, and Sumatra. This palm will only grow outside in the tropics. It has a beautiful red crownshaft and will reach a height of about 16 feet. The fruit are small, black, and oblong and the seeds usually germinate in two months (fresh seeds are a must).  Top Photo courtesy and copyright 1998, Geoff Stein; taken at Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens, Thailand. Bottom photo copyright 1998, Jody Haynes.

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