|Corypha umbraculifera painting (1913)|
Corypha (Gebang Palm, Buri Palm or Talipot Palm) is a genus of six or seven species (the World Checklist (WCSP) does not recognise C. macropoda, but IUCN does) 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 m in length. They reach heights of 20-40 m and with a trunk diameter of up to 1-2.5 metres. 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 griffithiana
- Corypha lecomtei
- Corypha macropoda
- Corypha microclada
- Corypha miraguama
- Corypha taliera
- Corypha umbraculifera - Talipot Palm
- Corypha utan (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.
- WCSP, World Checklist of Selected Plant families: Corypha
- PACSOA: Corypha index
- PACSOA: Corypha utan in Australia
- Humboldt et Bonpland, 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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