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!
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!