Another thank you to Andreas from Bogotá (aka Quimbaya@Flickr) for sharing photographs from Colombia (BPotD Flickr Group Pool | original image 1 | original image 2). I think it’s a real benefit for BPotD to be able to share photographs from around the world.
Wax palm, Andean wax palm or palma de cera has the dubious honour of being on the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species. Like so many other species, the major threat is habitat loss. In this case, the montane forest it grows in is being cleared for agriculture. I’ve looked closely at the hillside photograph – despite the adult plants being “protected” in this pasture, there is no seedling establishment to speak of, no young plants to replace the old. Not hopeful.
The Plants for a Future database has an entry for Ceroxylon quindiuense, if you are interested in the economic botany and growth requirements of the plant.