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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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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Ruffled Fan Palm

Botanical Name: Licuala grandis

Originating from the Vanuatu Islands, northeast of Australia, this beautiful ruffled fan palm leaves look like pieces of  "rough-cut" potato crisps - yum!  Its dark, glossy green, pleated, fan-shaped leaves are absolutely stunning though the serated edges, almost like saw-tooth can pose a slight hazard. This species has the most circular, smallest fan shaped leaves of all.

Though I have seen both, indoors and outdoors specimens, I have noticed the indoors plants and those in partial shade appear more refined than those outdoors, whose leaves been hardened by the scorching sun.


                                   inflorescence rising amongst the leaves, will mature when red

                                                           strong and luxuriant

If considering a unique tropical palm with a bit of pizzazz into your home or garden, this one certainly looks the part.

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