Putrajaya ~ The Parks
Putrajaya is labelled as
the garden city with a modern look with 38% of the city's being set aside as
landscaped green areas that consists of gardens, lakes and parks. There are
13 different parks ranging from botanical gardens to the main landscaped
wetlands that contribute to its character.
You can either walk round the park yourself, hire a guide or take a buggy ride if you don't like the look of the hilly pathways. Taman Warisan is divided up into various sections comprising tropical fruit trees (these are the park's main attraction), herbs and spices, commercial crops, palms and a rubber tree grove.
It is quite educational with Signage in English and Malay that provides basic information on each fruit species including their health benefits. There is even a mini rice paddy field, oil palm and a rubber tree grove with their relevant information that one can earn about; for example, see how rubber is processed, from latex collection to the coagulation process and the rolling of rubber sheets.
You will find an 18 metre lookout tower, plant nursery, nature trails, flamingo pond, picnic areas and of course the wet marshes.
The Wetlands is also a wildlife sanctuary which attracts most notably, several species of local marshland birds and water birds.
Birds including the Little
Egret, the Little Green Heron and Cinnamon Bittern, and migratory birds from
Northern Hemisphere have been spotted there.
At any one time, there are some 500 – 600 birds here, a handful of them are nesting all year round that could be seen throughout the year.
It seems some migratory birds have even stayed put and never left.
Putrajaya Botanical Park
Not to be missed are the Canna
Walk, Fern Garden, Floral Steps, African Collection, Tropical America
Collection, Hibiscus Walk, Bougainvillea Tunnel, Pandanus Walk, Orchid Path,
Palm Hill, Vine Garden, and Heliconia Trail. Educationists will be able to
see many other species of plants at the research centre
Explorer's Trail - you will walk along the Canopy Bridge, where as you descend, you will see Heliconias plants such as bananas, Calatheas and the Traveller's Palm. Proceeding on and you will see Vine Garden where a variety of vines such as Tecomarias can be found here
Palm Hill - is the next theme that you will encounter. There are more than 50 species of palm trees. You will notice the Rattan, the Chinese Fan Palm and the Umbrella Leaf Palm as you walk up the slope.
Sun Gardens - as its name implies is a collection of
plants that grow well in the bright sun. The flowers in this area react
differently according to the time of the day.
Floral Gardens - have a
collection of plants from Africa, America and the Asia Pacific region.
The Peacock Flower and Frangipani come from the American region. The ficus tree from the region of Asia Pacific is a major source of food for the wildlife in Asia.
Lakeside - has a collection of Ixora and Hibiscus. The Pandanus plants which have long, narrow,piny leaves and stilt roots can be seen here. There are also the Cannas with colourful and big flowers. As the trail comes near the end, you will be able to see the ferns that have been said to be in existence for more than 200 million years.
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