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.