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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 Joey Palm

Botanical Name : Johannesteijsmannia altifrons

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.

At this stage, am not able to note their flowers or fruits as they are pretty young but if that day should come, I still hope to be able to add more information to this post.
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.

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