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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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Monday, May 31, 2010

The Fiji Fan Palm

Botanical Name : Pritchardia pacifica

Seeing this lush beautiful palm is like hearing the call of the South Pacific...

A native of the Fiji islands including neighbouring Tonga and Samoa in the South-west Pacific, this is a solitary, medium size palm that is ideal for the landscaping of gardens or planted in containers.  The large fan shaped leaves are absolutely stunning when one observes the tightly pleated lines which form the undivided palmate with shallow splits at the edges.

Unlike the other fan palms, the leaf is borne on a smooth, pale green petiole without spikes. The bright green, attractive leaves are as wide as they are long.  Named for one of its practical use, an eco friendly handy fan,
I think islanders would appreciate its huge protective shade from the nature's elements.

The older stem appears quite smooth but noticed the coarse wrapping of brown fibres around the upper axis
of the stem.

                               the smoother stem of the older palm in the middle


                                               younger specimen @ Starhill, Bukit Bintang

And if you're heading to the Pacific Islands for your next holiday, besides swaying coconut palms, please do not forget to include these fantastic looking fan palms in your pics... 

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