Originally from India and brought to South America by East India Co. immigrants, the monocarpic talipot is one of the largest and prettiest palms in the world.
Scientific Name: Corypha umbraculifera
Common Name:Talipot palm
Maximum Reachable Height: a few feet in a pot; upto 100 feet in the ground
Foliage: large, roundleaves like fans
Difficulty to Grow: easy to grow in pots
Sunlight: full to moderate sunlight
Water: water regularly so the soil remains moist
Fertiliser: regular, organic fertiliser works best
Precautions: has small, mild thorns
leaves are used to make fans, umbrellas, tents, and for thatching
were used as paper in ancient times to write Hindu and Buddhist texts
fibre from the stem is sturdy yet pliable
Culinary Uses: various parts are used to make sugar, starch, flour for bread, and sweetmeat
Ornamental Use:its hard seeds are used to make beads, buttons, iornaments, etc.
Medicinal Use: juice from the root is used to curediarrhoea