Talipot palm


Talipot palm is native to India and Sri Lanka. It reaches a height of 80 feet, with a trunk 3 or more feet in diameter covered by the leaf bases. The leaves are up to 15 feet wide and their petioles are toothed.  Between 30 and 70 years or age, the top of the palm produces a very large inflorescence contaning millions of flowers. Ripe fruits are greenish and about 1.5 inches in diameter. The flowering and fruiting process lasts about a year, after which the palm dies. The generic name means summit or top. The species name means shaped like an open umbrella, in reference to the appearance of the inflorescence.

The photographed palm is near the northeast end of the old athletic field . It was planted in 1987 and had been some five years in a pot, so that when it flowered in 2013 it was approximatelty 30 years old. Behind the Band and Orchestra building there’s a young specimen of unknown origin.

Corypha umbraculifera (Arecaceae)