Corypha (Gebang Palm, Buri Palm or Talipot Palm) is a genus of six
or seven species (the World Checklist (WCSP) does not recognise C.
macropoda, but IUCN does) of palms (family Arecaceae), native to
India, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, New Guinea, and
northeastern Australia (Cape York Peninsula, Queensland). They are
fan palms (Arecaceae tribe Corypheae), with the leaves with a long
petiole terminating in a rounded fan of numerous leaflets.
They are all large palms, with large fan-shaped leaves with stout
petioles ranging from 2-5 m in length. They reach heights of 20-40 m
and with a trunk diameter of up to 1-2.5 metres. All the species are
monocarpic and die after flowering. The genus is relatively slow
and can take many years to form a trunk.
Edible Parts: The trunk contains starch that is edible raw.
The very tip of the trunk is also edible raw or cooked. You can get
large quantities of liquid by bruising the flowering stalk. The
kernels of the nuts are edible.