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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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Sunday, May 9, 2010

The King Sago Palm

Botanical Name : Cycas revoluta

It has been written that this plant co-existed with the dinosaurs. Wow! Hence, it is every primitive, or should I say an extremely valuable antique. This ornamental plant tends to be very slow growing but long lasting  considering the species survived hundreds of millions years ago. 

The striking palm-like appearance has people confusing it with a true palm when judged by its single rough trunk and a large crown of pinnate, fern-like leaves.

This ancient plant is a choice container plant for homes and an architecturally spectacular landscaping plant with its meticulous detailed fronds forming a circle around the crown.

However, it has to be reminded, the seeds from this plant is poisonous and can cause liver damage to humans and animals, if digested.


                                                                         circle of fronds

In the Far and South East Asia, we also have to further differentiate this plant name from the edible swamp Sago Palm (a later post).

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