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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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Monday, May 31, 2010

The Umbrella Palm

Botanical Name : Cyperus alternifolious

Another beauty originating from Madagascar.  It is also known by several names viz Umbrella Papyrus, Umbrella Sedge and Galingale. Papyrus due to its relation with the early Egyptian papyrus used for making paper and Galingale or galangal being the aromatic ginger rhizome used in Asian cooking or as herbs.

This tropical accent plant looks great in water gardens, ponds, bogs or margin areas near water. Its an ideal ornamental plant in homes or containers. However, it appears they thrive anywhere, in wet or dry land.

It' is perennially evergreen and grows in dense clumps.  The stems are like smooth reeds and can grow to about 3-5 feet tall.  A spiral arrangement of long thin leaves sits at the top of the spike. When it does flower, there will be spikelets of small brown flowers arising from the rosette.


                                                                         tropical feel

                                                                       radical bracts


It can be a prolific grower and needs control to prevent these attractive clumps turning into weeds.  If  grown in shallow depths, like many garden water features in Malaysia, owners will include live fishes to keep the mosquito larvae at bay.

1 comment:

  1. omg I didn't know this is a kind of "palm" as well!?

    It's grown really fast in water~! love this and have one of this too~!