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Corypha umbraculifera
Talipot palm
Palem gebang Palmae
 

Corypha umbraculifera, Talipot palm, Pohon kurma, Palem gebang

 

Corypha umbraculifera, Talipot palm, Pohon kurma, Palem gebang

A seventeenth-century English traveller in southern India reported with astonishment that this palm had a single leaf so broad that it will cover some 15 to 20 men and keep them dry when it rains. One of the most massive of all palms, it has a stout trunk up to 80 ft (24 m) tall supporting a crown of fronds with thick stalks about 12 ft (3.5 m) long from which radiate fan-like blades 15 ft (4.5 m) or more in length.
The terminal panicle of flowers rises about 20 ft (6 m) above the leaves, with crowded masses of white flowers on drooping lateral branches.
It is common in southern India and Sri Lanka where it has many traditional uses.
Flowering colors: White
Cultivation: These are strictly tropical palms, growing normally in full sun in alluvial soil near rivers and swamps.
They are usually seen in cultivation only in large parks and botanical gardens.
Seed is easily germinated but even under the best growing conditions it will take 10 years at least before a trunk starts to elongate.

   

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