Corypha umbraculifera

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Figure 1. C. umbraculifera in Singapore Botanic Gardens.


Common Names:

Talipot Palm

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 2. C. umbraculifera

Contributed by:

Mike Gray (Figure 1)
Kyle Wicomb (Figure 2)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

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