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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 Parasol Palm

Botanical Name : Licuala orbicularis

A native of Sarawak, Borneo East Malaysia.  This is a very attractive understory palm cultivated.
Overall, it is a small, stemless palm with tight and neat leaf arrangements.  The near circular, flat leaves are evenly pleated over the entire leaf.

                                               specimen @ Mandarin Oriental Hotel, KL

The dark glossy green foliage is quite spectacular.  In mature specimens, they are held on long thin petioles with spines.  Unlike the L. grandis, this species does not develop a trunk.

The striking leaves are collected by the native people and used for temporary thatching of jungle shelters. Elsewhere in the country, the leaves are used for flower arrangement and other household purposes.

This is a spectacular ornamental plant for indoors and out, full or partial shade. Like all tropical lowland plants, this exotic palm thrives on moist well drained soil and high humidity.

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