|Corypha umbraculifera painting (1913)|
Corypha (Gebang Palm, Buri Palm and Talipot Palm) is a genus of palms (family Arecaceae), native to India, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, New Guinea, northeastern Australia (Cape York Peninsula, Queensland), and the West Indies. They are fan palms (Arecaceae tribe Corypheae), with the leaves with a long petiole terminating in a rounded fan of numerous leaflets.
They are all large palms, with large fan-shaped leaves with stout petioles ranging from 2-5 metres in length. They reach heights of 20-40 m and with a trunk diameter of up to 1-2.5 m. All the species are monocarpic and die after flowering. The genus is relatively slow growing and can take many years to form a trunk.
- Corypha lecomtei Becc. ex Lecomte
- Corypha microclada Becc.
- Corypha taliera Roxb.
- Corypha umbraculifera L. - Talipot Palm
- Corypha utan Lam. (syn. C. elata, C. gebang) - Gebang Palm or Buri Palm or Cabbage Palm
The leaves are often used for thatching or can be woven into baskets, etc. Three kinds of fibres, namely buri, raffia, and buntal, may be obtained from the plant. The Buntal (buri palm leaves) Hat Festival is celebrated in Baliuag, Bulacan yearly every May 6.
- "World Checklist of Selected Plant Families". Retrieved 16 May 2014.
- "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". Retrieved June 5, 2014.
- PACSOA: Corypha index
- PACSOA: Corypha utan in Australia
- Kunth, Karl Sigismund Corypha miraguama, Nov. Gen., 1816, 1, p. 298. Accessed 2012-8-4.
- The Old Market Gardens and Nurseries of London — No. 10, (52 MB file from archive.org) Journal of Horticulture, Cottage Gardner v. 57, 29 March 1877, p. 238. Accessed 2012-7-31. The Journal records John Fraser as bringing Corypha miraguama back from Cuba in 1807. See also Kunth, 1816, same location.
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