Linggo, Setyembre 1, 2013

Travels: My Hometown the City of Palms

I was amazed by the overwhelming number of palm trees in Tagum City. Flashes of memories, entertained my thoughts as I am sitting down the bench on this elegantly built nipa hut To entertain myself I uploaded these photos and somehow write a bit about it.
I was at the New City Hall yesterday when I saw this tall palm about 10 meters high and probably leaves that are around 70 to 90 cm long. I searched for similar images online and found that this is the Queensland Palm. Scientific Name: Actinorhytis calapparia


Tagum City has indeed held its title as the City of Palms. Among other species that I have found planted on the different areas of the city can be seen below.

Rhapis Palm
Scientific Name: Rhapis excelsa

This is also known as the Lady Palm, it is an elegant and evergreen fan palm. I found one of these at the New City Hall. It is said that this palm is popularly grown in the tropics. My parents used to have a flower farm and I can still remember this palm because of its small features. This is one of the least taken cared of palms because it can easily adapt to a wide range of climate, soil and environment.
This gargantuan palm is the Royal Palm, when you visit Tagum City, this will be one of the palms that will welcome you. Its scientific name is Roystonea ciolacea. Standing tall, the Royal Palm stands at 66-98 feet tall it produces flowers which are usually whit with pinkish anthers. A magnificent sight indeed!
This is the Licuala Grandis Palm, Scientific Name: Licuala grandis, it is a slow-growing palm, a hermaphrodite with a solitary trunk that usually grows up to 3meters of height and 5-6 cm in thickness, with the old dry leaves noticeably persisting. I see a lot of this from where I was born, at Baranggay Bincungan.
Red Palm
Scientific Name: Crytostachys renda

This is one of the most attractive palms, noticeable for its red trunk clustering. It is small to medium sized usually reaching seven meters high when fully matured. It is a native of the Malay Peninsula and was introduced in the Philippines after the World War II. Photo Location: National Highway
The Champagne, the first time I saw The Champagne Palm was at my aunt's house at Villa Rosal Subdivision. It was called the Champagne because of its distinguishing feature, the bulged section of its trunk which resembles a champagne bottle. This bulged section changes in colors throughout its life from gray, green and even purple. This unique palm tree grows to the maximum average height of 15 to 20 feet tall when fully matured but it will take many years to do so. This photo was taken from the Tagum City 2013 Calendar. This Champagne is located at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Quasi Parish in Tagum City.
Scientific Name: Hyophorbe lagenicaulis
This is the Cocos Nucifera(Scientific Name) commonly called as Coconut this palm specie is a breed of the Aromatic Sweet Coconut. You can see more of these palms at the Energy Park in Apokon. Coconut is also known as the tree of life, because all of its parts, trunk, coconut leaves, juice and meat can be used. Funny but it should be called as the Palm of Life becaues Coconuts are not Trees they are a member of the Palm Family.
This is the King Palm, Scientific Name: Archontophoenix myolensis, it is one of the rarest in the King Palm Family. Luckily you can find some in Tagum City. It is known for its turquoise-blue shaft right below the crown and deep green leaves. It can grow to over 40 feet when fully matured. In 10 years it could grow as  high as 25 feet. Palm trees grow noticeably slower in containers. You can find King Palms at the DRH Road in Apokon, Tagum City

Livistona Palm
Scientific Name: Livistona carinensis

This is a highly endangered palm specie from the oasis of Notheastern Africa. You can find one at the Tagum National Trade School. The trunk grows up to 80 feet high, and 15 inches in diameter with a heavy swollen base. It has aerial roots near the ground a clear adaptation of the African desert. The closely-spaced rings of leaf based scars near the summit serves as a container for water accumulated from condensation on the cold desert night.
The Buli
The buli Palm  has leaves that grow up to 5 meters long. The Buli Palm or Buri Palm only flower once in their life, after which they produce large number of fruits locally known as Sago, and eventually they due. It's trunk is a source of palm flour used in traditional delicacies as binignit. Their are also 3 types of fibers that can be obtained from this palm: buri, raffia, and buntal which can be turned into native products such as fans, baskets, hats and shoes. Baranggay Magdum has a few of this specie.
Scientific Name: Coryphyta elata
Scientific Name: Johanessteijsmannia altifrons
Commonly called as the Diamond Palm, is an extraordianry palm with huge simple diamon-shaped, undivided leaves pelated along their length. The City Nursery at the Energy Park house some of this specie. The leaves of this palm grow up to 3 meters tall and 1.5 meters wide when grown directly from the ground. It is one of the native palms of Southeast Asia, classified under the medium-sized, trunkless palm with large, undivided leaves.

Bismarck Palm
Scientific Name: Bismarckia nobilis

The Bismarck Palm has full crown of large, silvery blue circular, fan-shaped leaves and a tall, columnar trunk. When fully grown it is large and stunning, excellently suited for parks and breath-taking avenues.You can see a lot of these specie in Madagascar where it tolerates fairly dry and hot climates. We have these at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Quasi Parish.

Licuala Split Palm
Scientific Name: Licuala ramsayi

You can find a lot of this palm specie at the lush rainforests of northeastern Queensland. A truly spectacular palm known for its spreading crown of huge, circular leaves to 2m(7ft) accross, with wide, wedge-shaped segments. One of the largest members of the genus Licuala. The slender trunk of this palm can reach as high as 15 meters or 50 feet tall.

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