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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, June 9, 2010

The Bottle Palm

Botanical Name : Hyophorbe lagenicaulis

A native of Round Island in Mauritius.  Also known as the Palmiste Gargoulette, this short and stout, a dwarf actually, is a cute tree to accentuate any garden. Coming across this specimen is every bit as exciting as finding a treasure.  It's not as common, meaning it's more expensive here to invest in one of these for landscaping.

According to myth, the swollen trunk is the palm's unofficial water tank. Obviously, it looks and feels woody, so guess no one in their right mind would sacrifice their adorable exotic asset up for disection to bust that myth!

Together with the dark green pinnately arching fronds, this palm creates a very interesting and discernible profile.  And if one were to look closely at the leaf scars around the trunk, you will see lines of short black bristly fibres standing out.

                                                 specimen @ a school yard in Jalan Ipoh, KL

               cabbage spear

                                                                bursting at the seams
                                                                                                           bristles abound

A most desirable palm due to its unique shape, striking profile and overall size which is great for smaller gardens or containers. This is definitely one to add to the collection.

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