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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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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Montgomery Palm

Botanical Name: Veitchia montgomeriana /Veitchia arecina

Originally from the South Pacific island of Vanuatu, the palms are now widely cultivated around the world.
It is known to be a very tall palm but so far, I've noticed, they appear to be of average height and therefore,
most desired ornamental plant around home gardens and commercial landscaped spaces.

Luckily, in tropical countries, they grow easily with very little maintenance.

Below are two very healthy and beautiful specimens of the Montgomery growing in my sister's garden.  The area is sunny yet cool as the strong sun is partly blocked out by a neighbouring house.  This appears to be the ideal location for them.

The sturdy greyish green trunks look almost like bamboo and each leaf shaft comprise many leaflets with blunt tips, which is very different from most palms. 

  blunt tipped leaflets                                                               

      bountiful inflorescent

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