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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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Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Green Bismarck Palm

Botanical Name : Bismarckia nobilis (green form)

I'd been to this park before (near IKEA, Mutiara Damansara, PJ) but again, probably not looking hard enough. No, I'd not been able to access this part of the park due to a large ditch separating us. One day, as I decided to 'cross' the ditch and took the path around the lake, there was this group of 6 stunning fan palms standing poised infront of my eyes! Recognition failed me...

These handsome palms looked so regal and magnificent in the full morning sun. A solid solitary trunk with a crown of healthy palmate leaves.  Everything about it, is so Bismarck-looking but I couldn't recall any information other than the Bismarck being silver-grey since I'm a complete green horn in this project.

And what's left of its two inflorescence stalks were that they
were deep red or scarlet and looked pretty contrasting against the smooth, light green petioles.

The petioles have a dusting of rust-brown powder at the ends nearer to the leaf shaft.

Large, deep green, pleated fan shaped leaves nearly 1m across with bits of curly-worly threads dangling amongst it.

I've since found out there is this particular green version (form) of the Bismarckia nobilis through helpful assistance rendered by forum members of Without their invaluable input, this species would probably be filed away for another rainy day... moping about its true id.

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