From: (Dewey Fisk)
Subject: Large Plants

I think what everyone is refering to is the Talipot Palm... (Corypha
umbraculifera).  Exotica says   "The Talipot palm:  slow-growing to 100 ft.
high, with straight trunk and a great crown of fan-shaped, plaited bright
green leaves (each) about 12 ft. wide, on spiny stalks; pyrmidal terminal
inflorescence of creamy-white flowers and small olive-colored fruit; after
fruiting the tree will die"

Fairchild had one fruit a few years ago that was bout 75 years old.  It
produced many seed and when the trunk fell, it is said, that you could hear
it for a few miles..

Now, the inflorescence of the Talipot is the largest inflorescence....  But
who cares about palms....

Dewey E. Fisk, Plant Nut

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