Re: Large Plants

Who cares about palms?  Palm leaves vary considerably in size, but are
generally quite large.  The largest leaves (Raphia spp., Attalea spp.,
Orbignya spp.) measure more than 50 feet in length while the largest
palmate leaves (e.g., Corypha spp., Lodoicea maldivica) measure in excess
of twelve feet in diameter.  

Just for the record.

Scott A. Lucas
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

> From: Dewey Fisk <>
> To:
> Subject: Large Plants
> Date: Tuesday, September 09, 1997 10:34 AM
> I think what everyone is refering to is the Talipot Palm... (Corypha
> umbraculifera).  Exotica says   "The Talipot palm:  slow-growing to 100
> 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;
> 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
> it for a few miles..
> Now, the inflorescence of the Talipot is the largest inflorescence.... 
> who cares about palms....
> Dewey
> Dewey E. Fisk, Plant Nut

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