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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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Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Teddy Bear Palm

Botanical Name : Dypsis leptocheilos/Neodypsis lastelliana

Somewhat somnambulous, I had taken a wrong turn to my destination this morning. However, the sight of  4 'handsome looking' young palms on a gentle grassy slope, made my day!  Well, with any of my "new discovery" they warranted an immediate inspection eventhough I was running late!

Having come across its description while in search of other palm species, I probably wouldn't be able to visualize what it's exactly like.  With some photos in the bag, it wasn't till curiosity dared me to touch/feel the brownish stuffs on the crownshaft. Not expecting anything other than the usual brown/rust powder, the fuzzy stuffs turned out to be soft and furry much like its namesake the teddy bear - so,so amazing!

respectful bows
tooth comb
A beautiful native of Madagascar, this elegant palm is most attractive to palm collectors.  It is also known as the Redneck Palm. The evenly spaced deep green feathered fronds are delightfully droopy. But it's its unique reddish brown velvety fur known as 'tomentum' that is characteristic of this prized palm.



It has a clean, solitary trunk of white and darker rings of scars from fallen fronds.  As it had rained heavily overnight, the white trunk has darkened somewhat due to the wood being soaked.

A mid sized tree, it can grow up to 20-30ft tall.  Prefers partial shade but in the tropics where there's nowhere to hide (from the strong late afternoon sun), a north-easterly or morning sun position is preferred.

The Teddy Bear Palm also bears small pale creamy yellow flowers followed by berry-like fruits. So, I should be vigilant and follow up on future fruiting!

An exciting collectible/addition to any indoor or outdoor gardens including open spaces. And for once, no prickly spines to worry one's pretty little head about!


  1. I wonder what it would be like to live among so many cool palms:) We have a few varieties, but nothing like your pics:)

  2. Hi rohrebot,
    Funny that life is such...I feel sometimes we forget that we live in a 'garden of Eden' and become too blase about the beauty of it :(

    Your point holds true for us to appreciate nature and especially what we have got around us!