Please don’t get me wrong, this has nothing to do with the makeup tool women use to seduce men into their nets—lipsticks. The real name of the Lipstick Palm is Cyrtostachys Renda (Lakka). It is also known as the Red Sealing Wax Palm. The name of Lipstick Palm is due to its rich red color.
Its scientific name is derived from the Greek “Kyrtos” meaning “curved” and “stachys” meaning “ear of grain” to describe the curved inflorescence. The Red Sealing Wax Palm is native to Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Borneo and the island of Sumatra), Australia and the East Indies. Many say—me included—that this palm is among the most beautiful in the world.
The main attraction is the deep red leaf sheaths of this clustering palm. Mature wood is a typical gray color. The name Red Sealing Wax Palm comes from Chinese sealing wax which is a very similar red color.
Medium sized, slow-growing and slender palm to 30 feet in its native range, often only to 10-15 feet elsewhere. Its best known feature is its brightly red colored trunk and fronds, making it instantly recognizable from other palms.
Twenty-nine years ago, Feliciano (our all time gardener), planted a “palma roja” in our front yard. After all these years it has only grown to approximately 10 feet. My wife and I think this palm is the crown jewel of all our plants.
Yesterday I took several photographs of our palm tree to share with you today. This is how the Lipstick Palm looked yesterday about 4:00 p.m. (-5 GMT). Here we go.
One of the many benefits in living in Panama, is that you can grow all kinds of exotic plants in your back or front yard. We don’t have to worry about bad weather bothering our babies. Good Day.