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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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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Coccothrinax Fan Palm

Botanical Name : Coccothrinax sp.

Why the sp.?  I'm encountering a bit of a identity challenge with this post due to confusing ID tags.  One stuck to the trunk while the other, fallen on the nearby ground. So how could I tell one from the other?

A picture match would show it being a C. argentata or C.argentea.  Both looking very alike for an amateur me.  As for the differences, well, I can't tell as yet!

A native of insular Carribean, such as Mexico, Florida and Cuba, they are found mainly in arid and exposed spaces.  They are small to medium sized plants, have a solitary, slender trunk covered with fibrous sheaths.  The palmate leaves are dark green but often showing silvery-grey on the underside of the leaflets. Also known as, The Silver Thatch Palm.

general identity
"totem" look
Over time, the fibrous cover will break down, revealing a smooth trunk with leaf scars.

Branched inflorescences are located among the petioles of leaves.  They bear small, single seeded fruits which are grooved (resembling brains), and may vary from purple-red to purple-black colour.  Rare shaped and interesting fruits, love to see them - blackberries (Rubus ursinus NOT the smartphone) come to mind!

here lies... 

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