The Ponytail Palm/Nolina recurvata is a plant with a bulbous base, a long trunk, and drooping leaves. Although it is called a palm, it is more closely related to Agaves. Because of its shape, it is also referred to as the Bottle palm and Elephant’s Foot Tree. A native of the Mexican desert, this plant can go for long periods without water. However, mine sits in full sun and with the heavy rains here, it must have adjusted very well because it the leaves are always green and has so far remained insect-free.
A close-up of the new leaves, a lighter shade of olive green.
Tender new leaves from another slow-growing plant that I have. It’s the Sago palm/Cycus revoluta. It is known to be one of the oldest plants on earth. Right now the plant isn’t looking its best. The leaves are turning yellow but once winter is over there will be fresh growth like the one in the above picture. All these photos of the Cycad were taken last year between April and June.
And while we’re on to “palms”, I can’t resist posting this image of another common Asian butterfly. It’s the Common Palmfly butterfly/Elymnius hypermnestra. I have only managed to capture this insect with its wings closed. In flight the purple on its wings look beautiful.