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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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Friday, May 14, 2010

The Large Lady Palm

Botanical Name: Raphis excelsa

This species is a native of Southern China.  Being a tropical and sub-tropical palm, they are very easily grown both, indoors and out.

In Malaysia, you can find many of these potted specimens softening the stark pillars and dull concrete columns of many shopping malls and complexes or in parks and gardens.

The dark green, glossy palmate leaf fans out  stiffly from a slender petiole. The leaves, which are divided
into many ( counted between 6 to 20) pleated fingers each, are striking and quite an oasis to tired eyes where ever you see them.

The tips of the leaves are blunt which are noticeably different from the Slender Lady Palm, which has pointy tips, as probably the name implies!  This specimen is also known as the Broadleaf Lady Palm due to its height and width.

It is said to be very slow in its growth chart  however, the multi-stemmed cluster makes a healthy bush in full sunshine or partial shade.  Each sturdy stem is well protected by a coarse layer of greyish brown fibres which looks like hessian cloth.

In the great tropical outdoors, these palms grow healthy and luxuriant with minimum attention, as these pictures show.

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