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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, August 3, 2010

The Footstool Palm

Botanical Name : Livistona rotundifolia
Malay : serdang

Has another common name The Fountain Palm.  Not sure if it's seasonal but to see so many of them bearing long bunches of round, pea-sized, orangy fruits at this time of the year is enough to prompt me to take action to chart this plant.  Honestly, I'm guilty of ignoring this one for a while.

It's a very common palm used for landscaping and to see them practically grown everywhere sort of makes one feel blase.  This exotic, tropical palm is native to South-east Asian countries like Malaysia and Indonesia.

Used generally for mass landscaping due to its hardiness and overall easy care. The round, dark green, glossy, fan leaves are split nearly to the middle.  However, when young the leaf splits are shallower and leaflets less divided.
round fan leaves with mid deep splits

The green berry like fruits mature and ripen to a deep orange which is stark contrast to the dark green leaves.

The trees provide shade and delicious morsels for bird life.  Most noticed picking away from the inflorescence bunches are the hungry black crows.

A solitary, woody palm, this species looks attractive (singly or in groups) where ever they are planted.  
precious pea

tinder dry for removal

Due to the height of the trees (20ft +), it's almost impossible to see any flowers!!! season?

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