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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 30, 2010

The Hookers Fishtail Palm

Botanical Name : Arenga hookeriana

Enchanting may not be a word commonly used for palms but this bewitching one is worth its description.  A gentler, understory version of the Fishtail Palm. It is also known as the Hooker's Sugar Palm. This healthy looking lush clump thrives in well drained soil with warm filtered light.

The wide, textured leaves held on slim petioles are shiny, even glossy with deep and shallow jagged edges around them. Very beautiful to look at and grown for its interesting foliage. This species has undivided leaves.

The inflorescence bears small scarlet+white flowers which culminate into small ovoid green fruits which mature on turning deep scarlet. These plants have yet to show any flowers nor fruits.

Loosely sheathed with light thin fibres around the base of petioles, they form a slightly thicker stem and altogether a prized clump.

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