Couldn't believe my luck today!!! I was, as usual, having a few minutes to spare and on the prowl for palms when I came across these rare Joey or Diamond Joey palms in the landscaped garden of a busy shopping centre, The Curve @ Kota Damansara, PJ.
Prior to this morning's surprise encounter, I had envisioned them to be found in some distant forest reserves far from the city that I would one day venture, when my palm resources run low. But since seeing these in the cityscape, it is almost surreal, to say the least. This understory forest palm had definitely been transported into our city - thanks to the developers and their landscaping associates who are getting more and more adventurous with their choices of flora.
This is one of our indigenous Malaysian beauty so do bear with me when I post a few more photos to show off. It is without a trunk and the individual petioles arise from the ground. Leaves are glossy green, undivided, well pleated along its length and diamond shaped with serrated edges.
A couple of sticks added for good support for when they grow taller. Gives new meaning to Joey on a stick (J.perakensis) literally!
This group of specimens are young and hence, not as gigantic or dramatic as pictured wild (some over 3m tall), on some internet sites. There were 5 plants in this grouping. Should make quite an impression upon maturity.
As is, I have already been inspired. One of the most extraordinary and magnificent palms in the world.