The Palm Family, Areceacae, encompasses a vast range of Plants including The Toddy Palm and the Coconut. ( do check out previous blogs titled THE ENCHANTING WORLD OF NUTS & INDIAN NUT to know more ) .
Two Common Names of the Unique Palm you see in the Featured Image, The Rajah Wax Palm or Lipstick Palm ( English) collectively combined to give me the Title of this blog. Rajah means King in Hindi
The Lipstick Palm bears no Fruit , Flowers .or Timber and is cultivated Primarily for its Aesthetic Appeal or simply put; its Looks.
Cyrtostachys renda ( Scientific name) is a Tall Tree introduced from Indonesia and is widely cultivated in Gardens across Kerala, India as a decorative Plant.
The Characteristic Scarlet or Red Coloured Central Shaft or Mid Rib gives this Palm Tree several interesting names such as Red Sealing Wax Palm , Lipstick Palm and The Rajah Wax Palm.
If you recall Proclamations in Former Times were always made Legal with a Royal Seal .
In India even today many Legal Packages/Letters are sealed using Lac or the Red Sealing Wax.
The Red Wax on which the Royal Seal was embedded was the same Scarlet Colour as The CrownShaft of the Rajah /Sealing Wax Palm.
Fascinating how common names and history combine to make these Palms Enchanting, which but for the Red Lipstick would go unnoticed.
Pictures above were taken at THE UDAY SUITES, Trivandrum and THE MAHINDRA RESORT, Ashtamudi. Both these Lovely Resorts are in Kerala, India.