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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, October 31, 2010

The Ivory Crownshaft Palm

Botanical Name : Pinanga dicksonii

Noticed this elegant palm beside the BSC carpark perimeter wall in Bangsar awhile back. Couldn't really match it to any tropical specimen thus far.

Its bright green, droopy pinnate leaves kind of led me to think it might be the Acai (Euterpe oleracea) or Jucara (Euterpe edulis) palms however its profiles ended with more differences than similarities.

It has grown a lot taller since 3months ago (the tallest of the cluster nearly doubling in height).  A mid sized cluster with well appointed gray cane stems, it was well positioned for shade or semi shade with early morning sun.

The most attractive feature being its smooth, light yellow crown shaft and gentle drooping fronds.  A delicate attractiveness that has few comparisons.

As it is grown amongst waist high hedging and deep into the wall side, it's not possible to verify its trunk base or root system.

bifid tip

If any visitor has another opinion on what this specimen could be, I'd appreciate and look forward to hear and learn from you. Many thanks :)

Updated 5Nov.10
Special thanks to follower harvinsky who positively ID this specimen as the Pinanga dicksonii.

A native of the Andaman Islands in India, a robust and cold tolerant species. Thrives in the warm equatorial heat as well, indirect sun is preferred. Clustered but occasionally spread out due to horizontal underground stolons.


  1. Hi!
    What a beautiful yellow crown shaft this palm has!
    It looks to me more Pinanga dicksonii.

  2. Hi harvinsky!
    Great to receive your positive ID. Had run some checks and it matches. Post amended. Thanks heaps! :)