QUINDIO WAX PALM (Ceroxylon quindiuense)

The second tallest plant in the world

The wax palm was described by the famous naturalist Alexander von Humboldt in his travels through Latin America between 1799 and 1804, and since his discovery it was considered the tallest plant in the world, reaching 70 meters in height. It currently holds the second position after the giant sequoias. In 1985, the Republic of Colombia adopted the Quindío wax palm as its national tree and plans for its conservation began to be developed.

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Habitat: Andean grasses and forests at 1,800-3,000 meters above sea level.

Distribution: Colombian and Peruvian Andes.

Description: A single-truked, dioecious palm, up to 70 meters tall, with a white trunk covered in wax ringed from leaf scars, pinnate dark green leaves 3-5 meters long, interfoliar amentous inflorescences and small red fruits in female specimens.








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