The Lipstick Palm Tree, scientific name Cyrtostachys renda, considered to be rare and exotic because of the time it takes for a seed to germinate and palm availability. It is definitely a collectors palm. The Lipstick Palm is also known as Sealing Wax Palm, and Red Sealing Wax Palm.
Cyrtostachys renda has multiple slender trunks which grow in clusters up to 15-20 ft tall. In the wild Lipstick palm can get up to 50ft tall. The Lipstick Palm trunks have similar characteristics with the Bamboo Palm.
The Lipstick Palm is well known because of its brilliant red, sometimes orange, colored crownshaft. It is slender, smooth and slightly swollen at the base. It has pinnate, or feather like, dark green leaves that grow upward more than outward and can get up to 2ft long. Stiff leaves have around 50 slender leaflets that are 18 in. long.
The Lipstick Palm produces greenish flowers which grow on the long stalks from below the crownshaft. It has male and female flowers on the same inflorescence. Flowers are followed by small shiny fruits that turn black when they ripe. Fruit is about 1 in. long and oval in shape with a single seed inside. The lipstick palm fruit is not edible.
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