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.
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.
Kumaon palm, Takil palm
Trachycarpus: from the Greek trachus (rough) and karpus (fruit)
Takil: from the Hindi thakil (palm)
Uttar Pradesh province in India
Mountainous forests, up to 2,400 m altitude
USDA zone 6-11
Average water needs
- soak 1-2 days
- sow in humid light mix
- 20-25 °C
- germination: a few days to 1-2 months
- Trachycarpus takil: Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz
- Trachycarpus takil: Department of Life Sciences, University of Trieste