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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 15, 2010

The Red Sealing Wax Palm

Botanical Name : Cyrtostachys lakka

One of the most attractive native palms in the country which is also be found in Borneo and the Sumatran archipelago. I have posted earlier on a younger specimen The Lipstick Palm but still feel this clump is rather unique with its sublimal differences.

Its synonym, Cyrtostachys renda, this species is also known by other common names such as the Lipstick Palm and the less referred, Rajah Palm.

Stunning as ever, its dark green feather fronds against the vivid scarlet trunks, red petioles and red crown shafts never fail to attract and impress me.  Unlike some of the same species which clumps together with many young pups as offshoots, this specimen seems happy to stand solitarily as a group.

Also observed that the cane like trunks were of different colours eg. green, yellow, orange and red while the older canes appeared rather dull and grey.

Even the inflorescence stalks appear to be of different colours, some light green and some red.
How intriguing is that?

Could these be a factor of its genes, soil or even fertilizers. Mind boggling for me...but still a strong favourite for most home gardens and landscaped areas.

"Painting the town red " has definitely taken on a new meaning when you see so many clusters of them growing in the Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square) downtown!

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