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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. ;-)

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Friday, June 11, 2010

The Bamboo Palm

Botanical Name : Chamaedorea seifrizii

Does anyone ever have this same experience?  When one ventures out specifically to find something, it's likely one will not find it. Some will quote Murphy's Law. But just when you are not looking, hey presto! - stuffs just jump out at you!! I like happy chances.

In fact, this project is affecting my eyes and mind in a good way. Of course, I would say that, wouldn't I?
I used to look too but probably NOT see.  Now that I'm "seeing", I actually came across two specimens of the same species today. Great huh?

Native to Central & South America, the Bamboo Palm is also known as the Reed Palm.  Apparently,
it's a very common house plant in the Americas.  However, over here in Asia, think we are spoilt for choice with too many varieties of cultivated, trendy 'good luck' bamboo from North Asia and hence, this species is not so much in favour here.

The Bamboo Palm is very similar to the bamboo in all aspects, only that this species is not as tall, probably 6ft at most, the canes are slender and light green, grows in a thicket and the fronds are of the pinnate feather type.

The flowers are inflorescence and bears orange to red fruits.  However, did not see any at this point, only remnants of a dried out inflorescence stalk below.

Having evolved as an understory shrub in the rainforests, this species is easy to maintain and grows well in partial shade and thrives in or outdoors.

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