Distribution & Habitat:
Forest in India and Sri Lanka.
One of the largest palms in the world, up to 25m tall, with costapalmate leaves up to 5m across, and petioles to 4m.
Lives up to eighty years, but only flowers just before it dies. Has an inflorescence up to 6m tall, and containing several million flowers.
Sunny, moist, but well drained position. Drought tolerant. Needs considerable space. Very slow growing.
Figure 1. C. umbraculifera in Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Figure 2. C. umbraculifera
Contributed by: Mike Gray (Figure 1) Kyle Wicomb (Figure 2)
For further information try VPE PALM