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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, July 21, 2010

The Thai Gold Banana

Botanical Name : Musa siamensis

This is not a palm. But this young, stout, exotic version with large dark green leaves catches your immediate attention but look somewhat foreign.

It is a new tropical introduction, native to Indo-China Thailand. This rare species is related to the musa laterita except that it has an upright inflorescence which is golden yellow in colour! A very unsual colour indeed for the banana and sounds delicious already!

so near, yet so far
fruiting clump with pups

golden flower + fruits
ripen 2 weeks later
Its fruits, according to references, are small (not that small, see pic abve), yellow when ripen, edible but with seeds. Think that's a great treat for jungle survival but no like-minded city folks would go wild for bananas with seeds!!

Found another young specimen about 4ft tall that has yet to flower.

                                               a cartoon character? stick man with sombrero?

Apparently, this species can tolerate a bit of cold and does well in partial sun and fertile soil.  As a runner, adequate space should be allocated for its expanding population (pups).

p.s. just only noticed the 'face' upon uploading pics for this post. will leave it to one's imagination...

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