Sal Palm ( Johannesteijsmannia altifrons)
This medium sized stemless palm is a hermaphrodite plant of up to 5 or 7 metres in height. The leaves are large, entire diamond shaped, 3 metre long and 1 metre wide. The petiole is almost the same length as the leaf and has sharp thorns. Its inflorescence is axillary, and the leaves are white in colour whereas the fruits are globose 3 to 3.5 cm in diameter, corky, very knobbly and are almost black in colour.

Palm are one of the most well-know and extensively cultivated plant families. Most palms are distinguished by their large evergreen leaves arranged at the top of an unbranched stem. However, many palms are exceptions to this statement, and palms in fact exhibit an enormous diversity in physical characteristics. Palms also inhibit nearly every type of habitat from rainforest to deserts. However the majority of the species are tropical or subtropical as few palms can tolerate cold weather.

Palms have been important to humans throughout much of history. Many common products and foods are derived from palms. Today palms are a common feature in botanical gardens or as indoor plants and they are widely used in landscaping for their exotic appearance and also due to palms being easy to manage plants.

50sen – Palas Kipas
50sen – Dudar
50sen – Serdang
RM3 – Sal Palm (MS)
Sheets: 3 x 50sen x 20 (different design)

30.07.2009 Overprinted of Palm Trees (Korea Philatelic Exhibtion), MS RM3

Fan Palm (Licuala grandis)
This solitary fan palm is named after its fan like leaves which are 50 to 60 cm in diameter with coarsely toothed edges. The petiole are 70 to 90 cm long and thorny. Its inflorescence arches 1 to 2 metre long. Flowers are yellowish whereas the fruits are globose 6 to 8 mm in diameter, green turning crimson when ripe.

Dudar (Caryota mitis)
This palm is commonly known as Fish Tail Palm due to its fish-tail like leaves. A clump consists of a few stems of up to 3.5 metre high. Its inflorescence is a dense mass hanging downwards, The fruits are globose about 5mm in diameter and green turning red when ripe.

Serdang Palm (Livistona saribus)
This solitary palm can still be found growing wild in the swampy forest. The trunk is straight up to between 10 and 20 metres. The fan shaped leaves about 1 metre in diameter with leaflets deeply divided. Its inflorescence is large, up to 1.5 metre with numerous branches. Flowers are yellowish, whereas the fruits are globose about 2 cm in diameter, purplish turning black when ripe.