Google Translator

English French German Spain Italian Dutch

Russian Portuguese Japanese Korean Arabic Chinese Simplified
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.

Thank you for visiting!

ShaShinKi - Malaysia's Online Camera Shop!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Clustering Fishtail Palm

Botanical Name: Caryota mitis

For tropical beauty and exotic foliage, this South East Asian native definitely delivers. It is a very hardy
palm of the clustering variety.  Of manageable height, it is usually planted outdoors for landscaping accent
or for screening.

Of special note, are the luxuriant and unusual fishtail leaflets which are very distinctive in deep green.


                                                                        mop heads

It is important to be aware of the poisonous nature of these 'delicious-looking' berries as they cause pain
and swelling in the mouth, if eaten and cause redness and swelling to the skin or eyes if you touch these areas after handling the berries.

a natural garment of
protective brown fibres

It is understood that this plant flowers from the top down, which explains the bunches of darker berries
at the top.

Sadly, this palm only flowers once in its life time and dies off after the seeding process has completed
which brings to mind, the similarity to the sacrificial banana palm.

No comments:

Post a Comment