Trachycarpus sp Manipur

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Figure 1. T. sp. 'Manipur'


This New Trachycarpus sp. (Manipur) of palm found in the Himalayan ranges of Burma boundary at the beginning in Manipur comes up with the height of 50ft tall and naked. The measurement of its starting little bit up from the mud is 2ft and the middle portion is 1ft 10" inch and ultimately the top portion taking its dead leaves measures up to 3ft. This is a cold hardy palm and grows full straight.

The quantity of the leaves available on this palm is 24-28 and the linear segment of each leaf is count to 68-71. Keeping the leaves straight, its horizontal measurement from one point of the linear segment to the other point is 3-1/2ft. The length of the stem is 2-1/2ft. and its bottom breadth measuring from its growing area is 2-1/2 inches and the upper breadth from where the leaves starts growing is 1 inch moreover the stem is covered with small thrones which is unharmful. The downside portion of the leave is fully powdery white and its upside is fully green. The new form of leaf in the blooming time consists, type of white powder in maximum.

Figure 2. T. sp. 'Manipur'

The climatic condition of this palm is extremely cold with frost environment in the winter season and more in the month of December in the morning time. During the time of summer the rainfall is heavy and in winter it is cold, the altitude at which it is found is 4000-6000ft. This variety of palm grows on highly slopped areas of dry ground and too they are available in the middle of wild forests. Soils like hard stone are found in maximum, limestone and sandstone are available in minimum amount with brown mud. In the mid of February the palm starts bearing flowers which matures gradually with fruits on it. The palm that gives good quality of seeds has the seeds bunch of 4-5 and it is seen that some of the palm that starts giving seeds is from 10ft onwards. From the last week of November the seeds gets starts ripening. The seeds of this palm are black in color, bean shaped and are eaten by small insects due to its sweetness. Beside this, palm seeds flora of this palm, fully blooming time is from midweek of the March onwards. In the area of this palm many varieties of other plants like (Fishtail palm, cane, banana, orchids like Cymbidium, Dendrobium, Aradise and Rhododendron-white & red) are too found.

Figure 3. T. sp. 'Manipur'

Contributed by:

Haripada Roy,
Royal Exotic Flora (Text & Figure 1,2&3)

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