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Palm - Parajubaea torallyi

Upper Botany Garden

It’s one of the most beautiful and hardy palms of South America. It grows in the dry valleys of the Andes at an altitude of 2700-3400 m a.s.l.; it‘s a subtropical species resistant to cold (down to -7 C°) and for this reason in the Mediterranean area it can be cultivated outdoors all year round. In Bolivia, it grows up to a height of 14 m, but some centenarian specimens can reach up to 30 m with a trunk diameter of 50 cm. Its graceful crown consists of about 20 leaves, capable of growing up to 5 m long. Young palms prefer semi-shade, while adult plants require full light.

Text by
Paolo Basetti
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