Red, Green, and Yellow Baby Kisses


The scientific name of this palm tree 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 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. 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.

Thirty-four years ago, Feliciano (our all time gardener), planted a “palma roja” in our front yard.  After all these years it has only grown to about 15 feet tall.  My wife and I think this palm tree is the crown jewel of all our plants.

Yesterday I took several photographs of our beloved palm tree to share with you today.  This is how the Lipstick Palm looked yesterday afternoon about 2:00 p.m.  (-5 GMT).  Here we go.

Close-up photograph of a red palm tree planted on the front lawn of our home in Panama City, Panama. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

One of the many benefits of 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.

Note:  Pictures shot with a compact P&S Canon PowerShot A720 IS – Handheld

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2 thoughts on “Red, Green, and Yellow Baby Kisses”

  1. What a beautiful plant. With the combination of red and green, it’s very much appropriate for the Christmas season. I’ve never seen it before, that i know of. I’ll have to do a little research and see if it would be happy here. I suspect not. We’re south, but we still get the kind of cold that probably would make a sensitive palm pucker up, lipstick or no lipstick!

  2. I don’t think this palm tree would grow in your area subject to very low temperatures. They are tropical plants imported from Southeast Asia.

    Most of Panama’s gardens are decorated with this “palma roja” as it is called in Spanish.

    Yes, red and green blend nicely with the Christmas season. Imagine that Linda, another year is almost over. Time flies so fast it’s flabbergasting.

    Best Regards,

    Omar.-

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