Corypha utan

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Corypha utan
Corypha utan stand at Kowanyama, Queensland
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Genus: Corypha
C. utan
Binomial name
Corypha utan
  • Borassus sylvestris Giseke nom. illeg.
  • Corypha elata Roxb.
  • Corypha gebang Mart.
  • Corypha gembanga (Blume) Blume
  • Corypha griffithiana Becc.
  • Corypha macrophylla Roster
  • Corypha macropoda Kurz
  • Corypha sylvestris Mart. nom. illeg.
  • Gembanga rotundifolia Blume
  • Livistona vidalii Becc.
  • Taliera elata (Roxb.) Wall.
  • Taliera gembanga Blume nom. illeg.
  • Taliera sylvestris Blume nom. illeg.

Corypha utan, the cabbage palm, buri palm or gebang palm, is a species of palm. It is distributed from the Assam region of India through Indochina, Malaysia, and Indonesia to the Philippines and New Guinea, and south to Australia's Cape York Peninsula.[2]

It grows up to 20 meters tall and bears fronds 4 to 6 meters long. Like other palms of genus Corypha, this species flowers at the end of its lifetime, producing a massive inflorescence up to 5 meters tall containing up to one million flowers.[2]

Growing along watercourses, floodplains and grasslands, the Palm and Cycad Socieites of Australia write about the Corypha utan palms occurring in Cape York:

Corypha utan .. is undoubtedly one of the most imposing species in the Australian palm flora (with its massive pachycaul trunks and hapaxanthic flowering and fruiting extravaganza.[3]

Uses and cultivation[edit]

Locally known as buri or buli in the Philippines, the leaves of Corypha utan are widely used in weaving fans, baskets, and mats.[4][5]


  1. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Corypha utan Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia web page Accessed 20 June 2009
  3. ^ Corypha utan On Cape York Peninsula, Queensland Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia web page Archived 2006-08-31 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 20 June 2009
  4. ^ "Philippine Medicinal Plants: Buri".
  5. ^ M., Queypo-Queddeng,; J., Puzon,; Development, Rabena, A.R., University of Northern Philippines, Vigan City 2700 (Philippines). Research and (2010-01-01). "Multipurpose use of buri (Corypha elata Roxb. or Corrypha utan) and its nutritive value". Philippine Journal of Crop Science (Philippines). ISSN 0115-463X.