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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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Monday, June 28, 2010

The Cardboard Palm

Botanical Name : Zamia furfuracea

Finally, I caught up with a favourite of mine.  Having encountered a missed opportunity in the early stages, I was ecstatic when I saw it at the entrance of a restaurant in Ijok, Kuala Selangor.  Not only did they have it, they had 3 of the same!  This plant was the biggest of all.

Although not a true palm, its growth habit is similar to the palm tree. It is also known as the Cardboard Palm, Cardboard Sago or Cardboard Cycad. This native of Mexico is prehistoric in nature (existing in times of the dinosaur) like the Sago Palm, hence it's no surprise that the trunk acts like a water reservoir enabling it to survive drought periods over millions of years.

                                                                      young leaves

The leaves are pinnately arranged, symmetrical, oblong in shape and some with mild serrated edges. It is slightly thick and leathery to the feel therefore, cardboard like.  The leaf stems arise from the crown of the thick, fleshy trunk. Unfurled, the young leaves are light olive green in colour, maturing to a dark green.

water storage tank

Reproductive structures in the form of cones do appear on each plant and when ripen, break open to reveal many tightly packed red seeds.  However, there were none on these 3 potted specimens at this time, probably due to bad timing.

With its exotic tropical appeal, this easy to grow species definitely looks great for indoor potted or outdoors for accent.  Locally, many proud palm owners would also shower them with lots of TLC and tend to them 'bonsai' style (art of growing plants in small or shallow containers to expose tuberous trunk and their leafy fronds in miniature for aesthetics).

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