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Wodyetia bifurca. Foxtail palm. Hawaiian foxtail. 3 at P3,000 each. This beautiful solitary palm from Australia has a crown of long fronds on which the leaflets radiate from all sides of the leaf stalk, giving them a feathery appearance. The trunk ranges from light grey to brownish grey, is swollen slightly at the middle, and may grow to about 20 metres. The flowers are followed by orange-red fruits. It is an extremely hardy palm, being able to take the full sun from a very early age. It is also drought tolerant and wind tolerant. It prefers the full sun. Seeds take 1-3 months to germinate. Main source: William Warren, Tropical Garden Plants, 1997. Photo: Leni Sutcliffe.

 

My foxtail palms are surviving the black, soot-like infestation on their leaves, but something has to be done about this pretty soon (mid-December 2004). I am advised that the soot can simply be brushed away with soapy water. Getting to the leaves on a ladder will be quite a feat.








 

 

Wrightia antidysenterica. Called White Angel in the Philippines. 7 at P75; 20 at P100. Produces a never-ending show of pure white 2 cm flowers that contrast with its dark green leaves. Carried a show of fresh flowers in mid-December 2004. Photo source: Leni Sutcliffe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrightia religiosa. Sui mei (Malaysian name). Medium-sized shrub of up to 2 m from Thailand and Malaysia. It has slightly pendulous branches with pendent clusters of white, fragrant, flowers. Blooms frequently throughout the year. A staple of the fragrant tropical garden. This Wrightia can be grown as a small tree. It can be shaped as required and is suitable for cultivation as a bonsai. The specimen in my garden consists of several plants whose trunks have been bound together to form one trunk. Prefers full sun but will also grow in light shade. Propagated by air-layering and, I am told, from tip cuttings. Source: Warren, Tropical Garden Plants, 1997. Photo: Leni Sutcliffe.

 

My plant looked very pretty in March 2004, with numerous tiny flowers hanging like stars from a green sky. Starting to bloom again in mid-December.







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