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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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Friday, July 9, 2010

The Caranday Palm

Botanical Name : Copernicia alba / Trithninax campestri

One of the rarer solitary palms found so far. Also known as the Wax Palm, this is a native of South America, particularly in regions like Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Bolivia.

It was also mentioned that early South American natives used to scrape wax off the waxy surfaces of the leaves in order to make candles.  Therefore, it's other name.

This palm first caught my attention by its tidy, well pruned trunk which was almost a masterpiece in flora art or sculpture.

So far (only a few light months though), I have yet to see another beautiful trunk quite like this.

It is an attractive solitary palm with glossy, dark green, palmate leaves held on long, thin, spiny petioles.
Do beware of the spines when handling.

Flowering inflorescence are normally found on the base of lower living leaves.

well pruned boots

This home at Setia Eco Park, Shah Alam is the proud owner of an interesting conversation piece. An ornamental palm, surely a delightful sight for passers by.

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