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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The Aztec also used the blossoms of the hand-flower tree Chiranthodendron pentadactylon as a blood or heart tonic. Plant in well-drained soil. Grows fine in full sun and does particularly well in fog-belt regions. Has large leaves with prominent veins and fuzz. Seeds were last available in March chjranthodendron The tree has large leaves that are pentadactyln green on the upper face and pale brown on the lower face.

It is reported to be hardy down to about 20 degrees F -6 degrees Cbut younger plants should probably be protected from extremes in temperature. This pentadsctylon is native to Guatemala and southern Mexico. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. One of the bizarre members of the plant kingdom, the Mexican Hand Tree bears ornate red flowers having the shape of a clawed-hand.


It is a typical species of Guatemalan and Mexican cloud forests but it also found in oak forest and pine-oak forest at elevations of between 1, and 2, m. Water collects in the upward-facing blooms and birds like to sit and drink the nectar. Each 5 chianthodendron blossom has five red stamens that branch out like fingers, with vivid yellow pollen on the “knuckles”.

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Uses Planted pentadavtylon an ornamental.

Devil’s Hand Tree

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Unfortunately, fake seeds of it are being distributed from China.

The species is popular in cultivation as an ornamental tree. This is a very hard to find plant, and genuine, fresh seeds not stored are rarely seen for sale. Shaking the devil’s hand! It is fast-growing to about 40 feet tall here in San Francisco. Seeds chifanthodendron not available for the Mexican Hand Tree. In the wild, the tree is said to be pollinated by bats!


This page was last edited on 18 Octoberat Germination tips for this plant. It has also been used as the iconic symbol of the Botanical Society of Mexico since the s.

The following page uses this file: This page was last edited on 14 Decemberat The flower and seed pod. The tree also had religious significance to the pre-Columbian Aztec people. Home Strange Wonderful Things. As temperatures rise, cloud forest trees will be forced to migrate up mountains slopes to find favourable conditions, leading to a gradual decline in available habitat. Herrania imbricata Monkey Cacao.

Devil’s Hand Tree – Global Trees

Description Chiranthodendron pentadactylon 3. It was originally described from a single cultivated specimen grown in Toluca in the Toluca Valleywell outside the native range. Stan Shebsthe copyright holder of this work, hereby publishes it under the following licenses:. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Albert park, Auckland city, New Zealand. Propagation By seeds, which should be planted fairly soon after harvest.

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The tree has a. Chiranthodendron Scientific classification Kingdom: Alyogyne huegelii Blue Hibiscus. Retrieved from ” https: By using chiranyhodendron site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.