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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, October 13, 2010

The Carribean Royal Palm

Botanical Name : Roystonea oleracea

Native to the Guadalope, Dominica and Martinique in the Lesser Antilles, Trinidad & Tobago, parts of northern South America, this is one of the neatest ornamental imperial palms seen to date.

Its solitary trunk is grey or whitish grey and may reach heights of over 100ft tall. Towards the top, encircled leaf sheaths make up its smooth green crownshaft.  This magnificent looking palm has a crown of long pinnately arranged luxuriant feather fronds. Such a healthy green that is really pleasing to the eyes!

young one
self cleaning
a starfish in the sky
Its inflorescence comprise both male and female flowers and the elongated fruits turn purplish black when ripe which is interesting diet for our birds. 
solid & sturdy

royal front @ 1U new wing
The tallest and most majestic of the royal palms, one certainly cannot dispute the fact. A very popular yet perfect landscaping choice for most commercial developments with huge gardens or on very wide avenues.
Makes for a grand feeling to be driven through such rows of exotic tropicals.

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