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Sep 2012 – Normanbya Normanbyi

Normanbya Normabyi

Normanbya Normabyi
(Black Palm)

The distinctive species can be recognised by the slender, light grey trunk, pale grey crownshaft and an attractive crown of arching fronds with leaflets irregularly arranged to give a whored appearance.

The leaflets of young plants are broader than in mature plants and the distinctive, silvery-white undersurace is very noticeable. Clusters of whitish flowers are followed by dull pink to purplish fruit each 3-3.5 cm long.

This species is native to wet, coastal rainforests of northeastern Queenland, Australia. It is an excellent palm for group planting and is relatively fast growing in the tropics. Young plants need a sheltered position for te first 3 to 5 years...

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May 2012 – Carpentaria Acuminata

Carpentaria Acuminata

Carpentaria Acuminata
(Carpentaria Palm)

A distinctive palm which can be recognised by its slender, grey trunk and graceful crown of distinctly curved or arching fronds with the leaflets obliquely erect. A fast-growing species with a highly ornamental appearance, aided by large, colourful clusters of bright scarlet fruit.

The species has become deservedly popular in northern Australia and is being planted on an increasing scale elsewhere. While this palm can be grown as a specimen, it is also well suited to planting in groups.

Plants need well-drained soil and an abundance of water during dry periods, especially when small. Young plants need some protection for the first 2 or 3 years but once established they will tolerate considerable sun.

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Acacia Mangium (Broad-leaved Acacia)

Acacia Mangium

Another popular Acacia species that has made its entry into our Malaysian landscape is the Acacia Mangium or locally called Broad-leaved Acacia(Akasia Daun Lebar). This tree with light green broad leaves and conical shaped was introduced as timber trees in plantations for the pulp and paper industry in Sabah in 1966.

The tree is native to Queensland, Australia aswell as Papua New Guinea, Irian Jaya and in parts of Indonesia. Today, Broad leaved Acacia is still planted in parks but its use as stree trees has been discouraged becuase of brittle branches. The threat from this species is that it is found growing wild almost in any open space in cities, rural areas as well as on the friges of forest.

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Acacia Auriculiformis (Yellow Acacia)

Acacia Auriculaeformis

This fast growing tree was a popular roadside tree planted in Malaysian Landscape during 70’s and 80’s together with two other Acacia species , They originated from Australia, New guinea and parts of Indonesia. Known locally as Yellow Acacia or Akasia Kuning, this tree was planted all over Asia in plantations for pulp and paper as well as soft timber.

Yellow Acacia’s popularity is probably due to its ability to grow easily on infertile urban soils as well as on soils that has been disturbed such as on ex-mining land. Today, this tree is no longer a popular roadside tree in Malaysia but nevertheless it is found to be growing wild and out of control in many open spaces in Malaysian cities.

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