I have to admit, the first time i saw the hand-shaped blooms of this tree, i was a bit spooked. The Devil’s Hand Tree (Chiranthodendron pentadactylon) is an. Chiranthodendron pentadactylon is an evergreen tree growing from 12 – 30 metres or more tall in Guatemala, though smaller in Mexico. The bole, which often. DEVIL’S HAND TREE Chiranthodendron pentadactylon. Chiranthodendron pentadactylon. Photo Locations: Los Angeles County Arboretum – Arcadia, CA, UC.

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It appreciates some humidity, and prefers full sun and well-draining soil. As the blooms age, the “fingers” curl under like a clawed hand!

Devil’s Hand Tree

The following 2 pages uses this file: The pods may persist on the branches for many months. Description Chiranthodendron pentadactylon 3.

If the file has been modified from its original state, some details such as the timestamp may not fully reflect those of the original file. The tree has large leaves that are dark green on the upper face and pale brown on the lower face.

Views View Edit History. It comprises a single species of tree, Chiranthodendron pentadactylon. Plant in well-drained soil.


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I have no information on how much heat it can take, so consider it experimental in warmer areas like Florida or Texas. It was originally described from a single cultivated specimen grown in Toluca in the Toluca Valleywell outside the native range. Articles with ‘species’ microformats. Propagation By seeds, which should be planted fairly soon after harvest.

Summary [ edit ] Description Chiranthodendron pentadactylon 3. Mexico – Guatemala Common names: Cola acuminata Cola Nut. The Devil’s Hand Tree is an evergreen species native to Guatemala and southern Mexico, where it is becoming endangered. Adobe Photoshop Elements 3. Chiranthodendron Scientific classification Kingdom: This is a very hard to find plant, and genuine, fresh seeds not stored are rarely seen for sale.

The following other wikis use this file: Growing Environment The tree flourishes in cool subtropical climates that receive minimal frost but have cooler nights. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Ansiodontea x hypomandarum Cape Mallow. As temperatures rise, cloud forest trees will be forced to migrate up mountains slopes to find chiranthodeneron conditions, leading to a gradual decline in available habitat.


Grows fine in full sun and does particularly well in fog-belt regions. It is fast-growing to about 40 feet tall here in San Francisco.

Chiranthodendron pentadactylon

The following page uses this file: The following other wikis use this file: These are truly amazing blooms, unlike anything i’ve ever seen. Seeds were last available in March In the wild, the tree is said to be pollinated by bats!

This page was last edited on 18 Octoberat Each 5 pentadactulon blossom has five red stamens that branch out like fingers, with vivid yellow pollen on the “knuckles”. Devil’s hand flower Uploaded by uleli. It has also pentadactylonn used as the iconic symbol of the Botanical Society of Mexico since the s.

The Hand Tree chiranthodednron from mountain cloudforests, where temperatures are moderate year-round, and nights are cool. The bark is used as rope and the large leaves are used to wrap food.