|Polyscias guilfoylei (CNB 2011)|
The Polyscias guilfoylei is a shrubby plant with soft woody stems. This species (one of four of Polyscias or the Ming Aralias) 'has leaves mostly bipinnate, sporadically tripinnate. The leaflet bases are tapered and the leaflets are incised at the margins like celery or parsley. The size of the leaflets varies between cultivars, and some forms are variegated'.
Grow this plant in full or partial sun and propagate by cuttings. I only have one container of this and the plant grows well with very little maintenance. Origin: South West Pacific.
The April rains and thunder storms during this inter-monsoon period have been quite heavy, usually in the late afternoons. The humidity is high but bearable, although at night it is more comfortable to sleep with the air conditioning on.
Despite the rains, water rationing continues - we have running water for two consecutive days and then the taps are dry for two. I guess we in Selangor are now paying for the 'free' water we had been getting, by having to buy plastic containers to store water, disposable tableware, more food from outside and even water for drinking! C'est la vie!
Ref: Tropical horticulture & gardening / Francis S. P. Ng. MPH, 2006.
Ex Libris CNB 1866