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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 2, 2010

The Pygmy Date Palm

Botanical Name : Phoenix roebelenii

This palm originated from South-east Asia and South-west China and Africa.  It is also known as Miniature Date Palm and Dwarf Date Palm.

It is a lovely, small and slow growing plant. In fact, the smallest of date palms grown.  The slender stem is strong, full of distinct almost diamond shaped petiole scars and popular around the world as an ornamental plant.  The fronds are pinnate, slightly droopy and a grey green colour.

But do beware, there's a large number of long, pointy thorns near the base of the crown.

                                                          creamy flowers amongst thorns

The inflorescence is heavily laden with ripe, deep purple, edible jujubes.

diamond studded

                                                                                        specimen @ First World Hotel, Genting Highlands

Grows comfortably well in the cool temperate highlands as well as the warm humid tropical lowlands. Seems very tolerant of dry and potted conditions too!

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