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Description: Undoubtedly the most dramatic species in cultivation at this time which we were pleased to introduce into cultivation in 2007. This collection from seed I collected around the 2000m from a mountain pass near the old French hillstation of Sapa, in the northern most part of Vietnam. An area which does endure surprisingly cold winters at times, as in snow and ice down to 1,500m. Here it is normally seen as a single stemmed tree at 5-7m tall, topped with a wide canopy of exceptionally large leaves, composed of 3-5 paddle-shaped leaflets combining to form one meter wide leaves on long purple petioles (leaf stem) to 2m. You may think that would be enough, but on emerging the entire new growth is smothered in a ginger indumentum. Essential to grow out of strong winds in a warm site.
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