Colombian National Tree

The Palma de Cera (Wax Palm) with the scientific name of Ceroxylon Quindiuense is Colombia's national tree. This species of palm tree is found exclusively in the Colombian Andes, growing mainly in the Province of Quindío. The tree itself grows at altitudes of over about 3,200 feet (1000 meters).

This tree is the tallest palm in the world and are a prominent feature in the emblem of the National Parks.

In preparation for the Third South American Botanical Congress, held in Bogotá in 1949, a Preparatory Commission selected the Palma de Cera as Colombia's national tree.

In 1985, under Law # 61, it was officially adopted as a national symbol.
* Photo by dfinnecy


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