The story is that someone saw a royal between brick buildings in Bogota which perhaps contributed to its survival. There was a queen nearby that looked stunted.
I havent been to Bogota but im somewhat fascinated by its climate. I can assure you that even bangalows , of which they have quite a lot, mostly look a little poor as a result of the cool climate. Despite the tropical sun they can only grow palms that don't need heat; phoenix, pygmy dates, ceroxylon. I have seen one large Washingtonian robusta and it had this huge pile of brownish green fronds totally unlike ones grown in a sunny climate with warmer summerdays.