Found this rare and unusual palm in the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve. It doesn't seem to be planted there but there aren't any around that was similar to this one. However, there were many (maybe say loads!) of Caryota mitis (Clustering Fishtail Palm) throughout the forest floor, which I plan to post later.
The leaves of the Iguanura sp. are bifids, split like the tail of a tuna fish but not completely divided and jagged at the tips. Has evenly pleated lines throughout the leaf.
A native of Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Borneo, this understory palm appears to thrive in partial shade with some sun and moist lowland soil.
|let the sun shine through|
|simple leaf form|
From my observation, its stems are smooth, thin and segmented. Not much for support to grow upright.
This group certainly looks cute and attractive at about 4feet tall. Think they will make stunning house plants and a great match beneath taller palms for shade and accentuating the landscape.
Great find today! ;)