Corypha umbraculifera L. - ARECACEAE

Vernacular names : Tamil: Talippanai, Kodaipannai.  Malayalam: Kodapanna, Talippana.  English: Talipot palm.

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Botanical descriptions Ecology Distribution Literatures

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Palms up to 20 m tall.
Trunk & Bark : Trunk with annular leaf scars.
Leaves : Leaves compound, palmate, circular or sublunate; rachis stout, concave, spinous at the edges; lamina plicate, cleft to about the middle into 80-100 linear lanceolate bifid lobes.
Inflorescence / Flower : Inflorescence spadices, terminal erect, paniculate, pyramidal, spathes many, tubular, flowers small, bisexual.
Fruit and Seed : Drupe; 1-seeded, albumen not ruminate.

Ecology :

In the semi-evergreen forests, up to 600 m.

Distribution :

Peninsular India and Sri Lanka; in the Western_Ghats- wildly found in Yana, North Kanara (Uttara Kannada).

Literatures :

Sp. Pl. (ed. 2) 1657. 1763; Gamble, Fl. Madras 3: 1561.1998 (re. ed); Cook, Fl. Bombay 1: 808. 1902; Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 506. 2004.

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