Popularly known as the sealing-wax palm or lipstick palm, this is one of the most colorful tropical palms. It is native to Malaysia, Borneo, and Sumatra where it grows in coastal peat swamps, sometimes reaching heights of over 15 feet. The crownshaft and petioles are brilliant scarlet (or orange in some varieties).Cultivation recommendations: A slow growing species, requiring warm tropical temperatures and an abundance of moisture. Soil should be slightly acidic and rich in organic material.
In cooler regions the Lipstick Palm can also be grown as a house plant or a patio plant, outside during the summer and indoors during the winter.
Publisher: Hirt's Gardens
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