Trachycarpus dracocephalus Ching & Y.C.Hsu
Trachycarpus nanus is a solitary-stemmed, evergreen palm with a mainly subterranean stem that is around 5cm in diameter. In very old plants the stem can sometimes grow 30cm or more above ground level. The plant produces a crown of fan-shaped leaves at the top of the stem, each leaf around 50cm wide on a petiole around 12 - 25cm long[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of materials. The plant is sometimes grown as an ornamental.
Trachycarpus nanus is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2004)[
E. Asia - southern China (Yunnan)
Dry forests or open areas on mountains; at elevations from 1,800 - 2,300 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Trachycarpus nanus is a somewhat cold-hardy plant, known to have withstood short-lived temperatures down to at least -4°c.
A very slow-growing species[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.
Brushes are made from bundles of the leaves[
Seed - sown fresh it usually germinates in 30 - 60 days.
Scarify or pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water then sow in a cold frame in mid to late winter. Bring into the greenhouse about 4 - 6 weeks later and the seed should germinate in about 4 - 8 weeks at 25°c[
]. As soon as 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 winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Consider giving the plants some protection from the cold for at least their first winter outdoors.
Pot up suckers in late spring and plant out in their permanent position 12 months later.