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Ornamental Plant Now Billion-$ Gem
Dr Leonard Gomes
ELAEIS guineensis is the almost unpronounceable botanical term for Malaysia's most ubiquitous and valuable plantation crop - oil palm. Of West African origin, it was first introduced to Malaysia in the 1870s as an ornamental plant according to the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC). However, another source suggests that it was brought to what was then the British Colony of Malaya in 1910 by Scotsman William Sime and English banker Henry Darby.
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Source: Daily Express, Local/Nation Section, 8 September 2009
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