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!