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by : BTF

As I Wander...

Living in tropical Malaysia, we tend to take the hot humid weather, thundery rainstorms and the spectrum of wild evergreen plants as a given.

Recently, I noticed more exotic plants making its way into landscaped home gardens, recreational parks, frontages of shopping malls and
commercial buildings.

Along kerb sides of residential streets and busy motorways, palms, trees and flowering plants make pleasant and interesting fringes.

This is a record of the various species "as I see it" for I am in awe of palms. Hence, my premise for this blog is that the global garden,
i.e. every physical garden (tended or untended), becomes a part of my, simply said, cyber palm garden. ;-)

Please feel free to share your thoughts or comments.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Butterfly Palm

Botanical Name : Chrysalidocarpus lutescens

This magnificent and beautiful tropical palm originated from Madagascar.  Also known as the Areca Palm, Yellow Palm, Bamboo Palm and Madagascar Palm.

It is a hardy and fast growing specimen.  Looks good where ever it is planted, indoors or out.  They grow in clumps with clearly ringed, bamboo stems branching from just above the ground.  And where there are die backs, new shoots arise from them.

The bowing fronds, resembling dainty butterflies in flight, could not have been more apt for its name.  Looking at these bright yellow (due to sunlight, otherwise green) petioles accompanied by the bright green feather shaped leaves, I feel like being lifted into a cool breezy sub tropical zone.

Found an inflorescence at the base of one the yellow green crownshaft and understand they'll later bear yellow berries after the small fine creamy white flowers have dropped.

                            twin 'bubs'
inflorescence blooming

                                                                                   butterfly wings

                                                                     colour me yellow

Despite its numerous names, sometimes confusing for a newbie like me, it's one of the most popular and delightful home and garden specimens.

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