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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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Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Raphis gracilis Palm

Botanical Name : Raphis gracilis

Found this young, rather understated Raphis in the 'Rainforest' part of the shopping complex. Planted amongst taller native trees, palms and other green leafy plants, this was almost overshadowed.

Luckily, it didn't escape my not too sharp, palm-roving eye... but as yet, found no common name for this "graceful"? slender lady palm.

A native of Southern China, this palm has long and thin, green petioles.  What's really striking about it is that each leaf has only 3-4 finger-like leaflets ending with a jagged but straight tip.  Unlike the R. excelsa, the ridged leaflets are slightly broader and have a softer feel though slightly droopy.

The rich green leaves with its simple leaf form makes it an elegant and attractive indoor specimen.

sheathed stems
The single stems are loosely covered with brown fibres. Thrives in containers indoors or outdoors in partial shade. Like the other raphis, this is easy to grow and practically maintenance free.

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