Trachycarpus takil

Trachycarpus takil

Trachycarpus takil or Takil Palm is at -18 °C the most hardy Trachycarpus.

Endangered in its habitat where the fibers are harvested.

Often confused with Trachycarpus fortunei but is a different species.

Description:

Trachycarpus takil is a solitary fan palm of 10-15 meters high, with a rough, thin trunk and a fibrous crown.

It is distinguished from Trachycarpus fortunei by a smaller number of leaves in the crown. The leaf sheath fibers are shorter, the adult leaves are usually divided into 45-62 segments. The most characteristic difference is the very short leaf sheath that surrounds the stem above the attachment point. The seeds are kidney-shaped.

Nomenclature:

Common names:

Kumaon palm, Takil palm

Etymology:

Trachycarpus: from the Greek trachus (rough) and karpus (fruit)
Takil: from the Hindi thakil (palm)

Origin:

Uttar Pradesh province in India

Habitat:

Mountainous forests, up to 2,400 m altitude

Hardiness:

USDA zone 6-11

Trachycarpus takil

Trachycarpus takil

Care:

Soil:

Well drained

Light:

Sun

Water:

Average water needs

Propagation:

Sowing

Sowing instructions:

  • soak 1-2 days
  • sow in humid light mix
  • 20-25 °C
  • germination: a few days to 1-2 months

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