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Parajubaea cocoides - Burret.

Common Name Quito Palm
Family Arecaceae or Palmae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Found at altitudes from 2000 to 3000 metres[196].
Range S. America - Ecuador, Colombia.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Parajubaea cocoides Quito Palm


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Parajubaea cocoides is an evergreen Tree growing to 15 m (49ft 3in) at a medium rate.
It is frost tender. It is in leaf all year. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Secondary; Sunny Edge; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Oil;  Seed.
Edible Uses: Oil.

Seed - raw or cooked[196]. A sweet taste, it is a very popular food with children[196]. The seed is about 2cm long[200]. An edible oil is obtained from the seed[196].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Oil.

None known

Cultivation details

Management: Standard;  Regional Crop;  Staple Crop: Oil;  Staple Crop: Sugar.

Requires a sunny sheltered position in a well-drained soil but with plenty of water in the growing season[196]. Plants probably require a cool summer and quickly lose vigour in areas where night temperatures do not fall below 13°c[196]. Plants experience sub-zero temperatures in their native range and it should therefore be possible to grow them in warm temperate zones that only experience occasional light frosts[200]. They will possibly succeed in the milder areas of Cornwall[231]. This species has a deep penetrating root systems and generally establishes best when planted out at a young stage. It is not suitable for container cultivation[231]. Older plants are substantially more cold tolerant than juvenile plants[231], so if the plants can be protected from frosts in their earlier years it might be possible to grow them in areas at the limit of their cold tolerance. Plants are relatively fast-growing for a palm and can produce fruit in 4 years from seed[196]. Trees are deep rooted[196].

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Propagation

Seed - sow in a warm greenhouse as soon as it is ripe. It usually germinates freely. Stored seed is more difficult to germinate, it should be pre-soaked for 24 hours in warm water before sowing in a warm greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first two winters. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Give them some protection from the cold for their first few winters outdoors.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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