Sunday, February 7, 2010

Joey Palms

Small Johannesteijsmannia magnifica growing in a nursery in Singapore.
There are 4 species of Johannesteijsmannia, or Joey palms, which has the centre of distribution in Peninsula Malaysia. These are one of the most architectural palms - with large broad or lance-shaped undivided leaves. J. altifrons, not yet full grown, used as an architectural specimen in a shady corner of Singapore zoo.

The other 2 species, J. lanceolata and J. perakensis are rare species found in northern Peninsula Malaysia and they are under threat from deforestation in the wild, although I believe they would be brought into the landscaping trade very soon, if not already.


Hon E said...

I have seen this in the wild....its awesome !

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Awesome. Is this a cousin of the Sarawak /Malaysian Lemba?

zog zog said...

Not sure about Lemba but J. altifrons is found in Sarawak also, plentiful in Kubah.

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