|Synonymy: Unknown||Distribution: Northeast India, in the Himalaya Mountains|
|Common names: Himalayan rattan palm||Conservation status: Unknown|
In habitat in India
Can you imagine a climbing palm, that grows 80 feet (25m) up into the tree tops, but that is HARDY? Plectocomia himalayana comes from the Himalayas at altitudes of 2000 meters. This mountain beauty grows in northeast India and, amazingly, gets frosted every winter! It grows on poor soils and has a soft pith so it cannot be used for fine furniture.
Top and middle photos courtesy and copyright © 1998, Ganesh Mani
Pradhan, The Orchid
Retreat; Kalimpong, West Bengal, India. Bottom photos courtesy and copyright
© 1998, Mike Maxson, Palms
of the World.
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