Voskonosnaya palm – Colombia’s national tree and the tallest tree in the world. This type of palm grows in large groups only in the high valley Kokora (Department of Quindio, northwest Colombia). These trees are unique in nature and are the hallmark of Colombia.
1. Kokora Valley is located in the upper reaches of Quindio (main river of the Department of Quindio), at an altitude of between 1,800 and 2,400 meters.
2. The valley is also the so-called entrance to the national park “Los Nevados” which is located on the territories of the four departments of Colombia (Tolima, Caldas, Quindio and Risaralda) and covers an area of 60 km2.
3. The valley is situated at a high altitude, which is why it is almost always covered with clouds. Tall palm trees, piercing the clouds are spectacular, and even slightly surreal look.
4. These Palm trees grow up to 50 meters and are here since 120 years.
5. The leaves are dark green with a grayish tinge, trunk cylindrical, smooth, pale and covered with wax.
6. Before the invention of electricity, palm wax used in the manufacture of soap and candles.
7. The outer part of the trunk is used for building houses and water systems.
8. The fruits were fed to cattle and pigs.
9. For centuries, Christians have cut the leaves from palm trees to celebrate Palm Sunday. They used the leaves to make a lush bouquet to celebrate the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.
10. Uncontrolled felling of trees by local residents led to the fact that the Colombian government was forced to take steps to preserve the remaining trees.
11. Since 1985, the decree designed by the Catholic Church and the government of Colombia, is prohibited felling of trees under threat of a fine. And saved the trees, still growing in the valley Kokora where they can be seen and touch.