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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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Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Royal Palm

Botanical Name : Roystonea regia

It was at this peaceful, central city cricket field that old Malaya, then in 1957, proclaimed her independence from British Administration. Eversince, this historical piece of land has been the meeting ground for resplendent annual parades and exuberant New Year countdown celebrations.

along Merdeka Square, KL
This location is lined with a row of beautiful, now very mature majestic Royal Palms.

A native of Southern Florida, Mexico and parts of Central America it is also known as the Cuban Palm and similary the Florida Royal Palm (R. elata) is now recognized as one and the same species.

It's commonly planted in groups in wide open spaces and along spatial roads or even exclusive avenues where they definitely command full attention. They are really tall (about 40ft+), with solid columnar grey trunks, smooth green crown shafts, complete with an attractive umbrella of 'shaggy' feather fronds. Due to their height, these ornamental canopies offer little shade.

across the Square, stately Sultan Abdul Samad Building
outside Pasar Seni (Central Market) KL

The smooth solid grey trunks are slightly swollen around the mid trunks while the feather fronds are arched and bowing. This impressive regal deportment makes them a popular choice to grace avenues and wide boulevards in both old and new city developments. 

This species of palm are regular bloomers, bearing large bunches of pale cream coloured flowers developing into tantalising fruits of half an inch wide which attract birds and bats alike.

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