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Re: possibly c. peltata
Posted by Brandt-San Diego on 7/14/2017, 4:42 pm, in reply to "Re: possibly c. peltata"
Good point--just because a plant generally grows at lower tropical elevations does not automatically exclude that from growing in much cooler climates (case in point, there are tropical Ficus, including F. microcarpa, with native ranges in deep south and southeast Asia will grow well in the SF Bay Area). So, it's possible that it could be peltata (and that's possibly the most common Cecropia, so it would be more easily available).
I think I was skeptical because Cecropia are very rarely encountered in California, which makes me think that most of the species have a high heat requirement--otherwise, since it would be a novelty here (though not in its native range--it's widespread there and invasive if planted elsewhere in the tropics) I would think more people would grow them if they could, and in our dry climate, it probably would not be invasive. Since Bogotá has a climate somewhat like the SF Bay Area except wetter year-round, and since I know of no Cecropia growing there (though I'd love to be proven wrong!), then my instinct is to think that it would be one of the high-elevation Cecropia that has little or no cultivation outside of the native range. (There is that chance that Cecropia is alkaline-phobic, which would cause problems with growing them here.)
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