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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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Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Red Edged Pandanus

Botanical Name : Pandanus utilis

This is one of my favourites because it looks so similar to the Cuban Petticoat Palm (Copernicia macroglossa).  Nevertheless, I want to include it here due to it being a close relative of the palm.

A native of Madagascar and Mauritius, this is a handsome tropical tree, not a pine despite being named the Screw Pine.

It is easy to fall for the look of this plant due to its unique design.  The flat linear leaves are arranged in a circular fashion around its central axis and fan out at regular intervals in an upward twirl.  However do beware that the edges of the leaves bear small sharp spines which could cause an allergic reaction on contact.

upward twirl
In some countries, these dried leaves are made into household items like weaved mats and baskets or used as thatching materials.

colour contrast
The mature tree grows well above 25ft and more. The female plants (flowers) will bear showy pineapple-like fruits, though edible they're not particularly delectable.


Architecturally, this makes a stunning landscape piece or focal point in any garden.  Its strong aerial roots prop up the plant as though on stilts.  It's also called a "walking palm" as been known to move from one spot to another. Just fancy that!

This young specimen sighted at waters edge lakeside Setia Eco Park, Shah Alam.

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