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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 9, 2010

The Spindle Palm

Botanical Name : Hyophorbe verschaffteltii

Native to the Mascarene islands, east of Madagascar, this lovely novelty landscape palm is a pretty awesome sight at a busy thoroughfare in the city. My goodness! Just to see them standing there so elegantly is jaw dropping. Strong, sturdy and confident.

Nearly mistaken them for the Bottle Palm but based on the longish waxy green crown shaft , elongated trunk and horn shaped inflorescence arising from below crown shaft, I will stand corrected.

The number of inflorescence budding from the one trunk is quite remarkable.  I can already imagine it when they burst into bloom and bear orange-red fruits.

                                              specimen @ Sultan Abdul Samad Building, KL

rows of short bristly black fibres sticking out  

Like its' sister (Bottle Palm), a much desired, interesting tropical palm but this one will grow much higher.
Definitely look forward to see the fruits borne from this one.  Will update in due time.

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