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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, October 14, 2010

The Singapore Walking Stick Palm

Botanical Name : Rhopaloblaste singaporensis / Ptychoraphis singaporensis
a.k.a. Kerinting (Malay)

Native to Malaysia and Singapore.  There isn't much available information for this species online.

What really attracts me are the finest crown of bright green feather fronds.  Pinnately arranged, it has that  'delicate' look to enthrall.  So you can possibly see why I'm overboard with the feather frond shots... just such exquisite beauty!

Normally, a cluster palm however, here it is seen as both, solitary with a cluster slightly a meter away.  
These are classed as small, tropical rainforest understory palms growing to less than 3m tall.Thrives in the moist, warm and sheltered areas. So these palms found in the basement car park level of the 1U shopping mall are positioned in perfect conditions.

The strong and straight stems are cut and polished to make sturdy walking sticks.  At least now I know which type of mobility assistance tool to look out for should there be need for one in future ;)


  1. Great pictures of rhopaloblaste singaporensis!!
    I love this singaporensis the best of all palms.
    It has very fine leaflets on brigt green color. The stem is thin and smooth. It looks so delicate, as you say.
    I've been serching information on this palm on internet, but there's not so much. So I'm very happy to find this post of your blog.
    They aren't clumpy as botanical books say. I was thinking they are as clumpy like chamaedorea or rhapis species.

  2. Hi harvinsky! Great to hear your comments and appreciate your input. Actually it's really beautiful, among the finest sighted. Hard for me to say if indeed clumpy in natural habitat as landscaped ones may have been divided or tidied to suit.
    Thanks for dropping by! :)