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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. ;-)

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Thai Dwarf Lady Palm

Botanical Name : Rhapis subtilis

Have always wondered if I'd ever find a flowering Rhapis in the local landscape. So, what joy it is to find the rarer still, flowering subtilis. I had originally mistaken this plant to be the multifida!  But information sourced has it that the multifida in cultivation are mainly male plants.

As I've not seen any Rhapis inflorescence before, so here's another of my exceptional sighting...

They arose interfoliar, between the stems and the petioles in brown papery bracts. Once opened, they display tiny, stiff looking, green buds on small branchlets.

tip of the inflorescence

I've gone for a close ups which probably did not turn out as well as expected.  Anyway, just knowing what this Rhapis inflorescence look like is good enough for me. Actually, reminds me of some local weeds/wild grasses in seeds.
flowering R.subtilis palm

cane cluster

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