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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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Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Lipstick or Sealing Wax Palm

Botanical Name : Crytostachys renda (lakka)

Today is a Mothers' Day weekend.

Lipsticks may be flying off the shelves over at beauty counters around the world.  However, in Malaysia, we are very lucky to have a very beautiful, unique, native palm by this special name.  The pictures, I hope, say it all.

This palm is most desired in every garden due to its exuberant colours - vivid red trunks with contrasting deep green crown of feather fronds.  Even the petioles (leaf stalks) are bright red. It is very popular in the gardens and patios of most Chinese homes where red is the colour of luck and prosperity.

It is, however, pretty slow growing (have patience!).  This plant, which is more than 10years old, is from my sister's garden.  Previously, it was grown in a pot planter and didn't appear to make much progress. Recently, with a change in location and environment, this palm has actually taken off.
It definitely likes the new sunny position now.

Left, the outer layer of the very original palm trunk which has grown old and ready for shedding.

Right, a young fern peeks from its bright red, protective surrounds.

Lastly, a new addition to the lipstick family... the palm grows in clumps with young tubers originating from the base of the trunks.

Specially for all the mothers, a safe and happy day!

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