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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.
palms are surviving the black, soot-like infestation on their leaves, but
something has to be done about this pretty soon (mid-December 2004).Ý I am advised that the ësootí can simply be
brushed away with soapy water. Getting to the leaves on a ladder will be quite
antidysenterica. Called ìWhite
Angelî 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.Ý
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
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:Ý Leni Sutcliffe.
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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