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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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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Silver Joey Palm

Botanical Name : Johannesteijsmannia magnifica

Being "unobservant" has definitely delayed my finding this uniquely attractive native of Malaysia and Thailand.  It was near to the other equally stunning joeys (J. altifrons and J. lanceolata) but somehow I failed to spot not one but two, hidden away amongst other greenery.

It's such a perfect, healthy looking jade green plant I almost wish I could take it home!! Wah.. I could imagine all the 'rolling eyes' from the folks following this post...  just exactly that, such a desirous plant if one were to see it and touch it.

The silverish underside is something else.  It's velvety to the touch, like running your hands on a exquisite piece of velvet, so smooth that I can't physically see the very fine 'white hairs'.  Well, I didn't have a magnifying glass on me.

Like any understory plant, this joey loves the shade and has such a crisp freshness with dark and bright green fronds as testament to being sited in the right spot.  The large diamond shaped fronds are also evenly pleated along the length of the each leaf bar the clean jagged edges. 

lending support to Dumb Cane

Each leaf is supported on a short thin petiole.  Noticed that the petioles are an interesting line of lime green with dark green on the outer sides where short spines run along its length.

This joey does not have a trunk and the petioles rise directly from the ground. May reach heights up to 10 ft. in natural habitat.

A potted one or two would be equally as delightful!


  1. What a magical looking palm! Has this one been introduced to horticulture yet?

  2. Hi...actually, am just as surprised to find them in the city landscape. Not sold in mainstream garden centres.
    But have seen advertised for sale on the net the seeds of the J.altifrons and J.lanceolata by local horti exporters.