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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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Friday, August 13, 2010

The Slender Joey Palm

Botanical Name : Johannesteijsmannia lanceolata

The most outstanding group of plants from the understory floor of the 'Rainforest' @ 1Utama Shopping Centre, were the Joeys.  And this particular species is one of the rarest of the Joeys native to Peninsular Malaysia.  How fortunate am I to find it inside a sub-urban shopping complex without tramping into the wild!

The glossy dark green, elongated leaves are undivided but evenly ridged. It certainly looks like a lance or blade of a sword, matches its name to a T.  It may not be clearly seen here however each leaf is held by a short petiole and the clump of petioles arise from the ground.

as green as jade

Unknown to me earlier, this species actually has an underground trunking system hence not obvious to the naked eye.

This palm thrives in partial shade and a good amount of water (rainfall) to prevent its roots drying out.

They may be young now but given time, who knows if these 'sleek city dwellers' will fare just as well as their forest counterparts.   

May reach an amazing 10ft tall and its leaves 1ft wide in its natural habitat.  Given that this specimen is grown in an cultivated environment, it may or may not grow to that size but its flowering will certainly be quite an anticipated event.  Looking forward to that if/when it happens.

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