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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 Limestone Cycad (err... not a palm)

Botanical Name : Cycas calcicola

Fabulous scientific name, easy to remember, think Coca Cola!
Beautiful looking, palm like tree quite similar to a cross between the Sago Palm (its top) and the Ponytail Palm (its lower trunk) except that its fronds are more upright.

Another thought that came to mind was that the upper part of the trunk has a pale powdery look not unlike  the limestone seen in caves or parts of exposed hillsides throughout Malaysia.

This native of Northern Australia grows in a hot dry climate (loves the Malaysian climate too!) and thrives on limestone or sandstone, schist derived soils.  Its fronds are dark green, pinnate with thin leaflets arranged flatly on the stem.  There are some very small spines at the base of the petioles.  But in my excitement to photograph the cone, I completely overlooked this point.


prized cone
My best find for the day was this fresh, huge, solitary, male cone which was 'birch' in colour, an elongated ovoid with small upward spines. 
limestone effect
A remarkable, mid size plant for any garden or landscape or plant containers.  If it ever gets to this size (OMG!), am sure, as owner, you would be as proud as punch!

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