Thursday, July 21, 2011

AlphabeThursday - nipa palms

"Nipa palms yield a woody nut.  When the nuts are ripe, they separate from the
flower ball and float away on the tide, occasionally germinating while still water-borne." 
Now I understand why they named this zentangle NIPA.  I can see the little nuts, floating away on the water.  This design was created by Zentangle originators Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas (for more official Zentangle patterns, check out TanglePatterns.com)


The nipa palm lives in the Philippines and has a horizontal trunk that grows beneath the ground.  Only the leaves, that can extend up to 30 feet, and the flower stalks, grow above the surface.  They are commonly found on coasts and rivers that flow into the Indian and Pacific Oceans, from Bangladesh to the Pacific Islands.


The leaves are used in many types of basketry and also as roof material for thatched houses or dwellings.  The Nipah sap is used to feed pigs on islands in the Timor Sea during the dry season.  And young leaves are used to wrap tobacco for smoking.

Here's a hand-printed picture, by Etsy artist pabili, from Sydney, Australia, called Bahay Kubo, or Nipa Hut.


Bahay Kubo, by pabili.



What's your favorite word, beginning with an N ? 
Find out how other "students" answered that question at Ms. Jenny's AlphabeThursday class

15 comments:

Erika said...

I like how it looks like bubbles.

mom2kiddos said...

I think it's the same Nipah palm that you can get here in Malaysia. Love that sketch.

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Fun tangle. And cool to learn something new :)

Cathy Kennedy said...

Thanks for the lesson. It's good learn something new everyday, if you can. That's one thing I like about this meme.

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Splendid Little Stars said...

fascinating information about the nipa palm--such varying usages!
wonderful tangle!

Keri said...

I love zentangles, especially when there is a story behind it. This one looks pretty easy.

randomcreative said...

Fun! Neat topic.

Ames said...

Now I know about the Nippa palm. Thanks for sharing!~Ames

Barbara Rosenzweig said...

Thanks so much! I love learning new things, even at my age!

Barbara Rosenzweig said...

Thanks for visiting my "New" painting and enjoying watercolors!

Have a great day!

Andy said...

It's nice to learn something new and I'm amazed by the many uses of the plant.

Thanks for sharing.

Gattina said...

How interesting ! I never saw this kind of palm trees !

Saffron Road said...

Creativity & education, the do go hand in hand. We have a lot of palms here in FL, and some that are growing uber high in our yard for privacy that look similar. When I met DH, they were about 18" or so high in pots. We put them in the ground and now they are higher than the house. Love the stalks on them and they stay so very green too!

H said...

What a useful palm! We should make full use of more stuff!

Jenny said...

Love your dreamy watercolory pages! I think it's amazing how useful so many plants are!

What a nifty and informative link this week.

Thank you!

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