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Jan 2011 – Livistona Rotundifolia

Livistona Rotundifolia

Livistona Rotundifolia
(Footstool Palm, Serdan, Serdang Palm Daun Bulat)

Those plants grown in a deeply shady situation will retain the juvenile leaves much longer than grown in the open. The Footstool Palm is native to Malaysia and Indonesia where it grows in large impressive colonies. In its native state the cabbage is collected and eaten and the dark violet fruit is eaten by children. It is an ideal palm for tropical climates and needs protection from direct sun when small. Rich soils promote strong, vigorous growth. In districts with a cold winter the plants struggle and are very slow growing.

A very striking variety is native to the Philippine island of Luzon. This is known as var. luzonensis and has a slender trunk with prominent white rings...

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Mimosa Pigra (Elephant Thorn)

Mimosa PigraElephant Thorns or Duri Gajah is fast becoming a major problem in landscape not only in Malaysia but also in many tropical countries. The plant originated from South America but was brought to other parts of the world as green manure and cover crops.

It first entered Thailand in 1947 and made its way to Malaysia soon after that. Today it has spread as far as Indonesia and Australia causing serious problems to human and animals. They can be seen to sprout out of unlikely places such as local electricity substations (TNB’s substations), around campus, along riverbanks and lakes and ponds.

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