about the palm

We’re impressed with your quest for knowledge! Here’s a more detailed summary of our namesake:
AKA: Talipot Palm Scientific Classification (for you true botanists):
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Genus: Oorypha
Species: C. umbraculifera
Binomial name: Corypha umbraculifera.

The Ola, or Talipot palm, is a species of giant palm native to southem India and Sri Lanka. It’s one of the largest palms in the world. Individual specimens have reached heights of up to 82 feet, with stems over four feet in diameter.

The Ola is a member of the fan palm family, with leaves up to 16 feet in diameterand it bears the largest flower of any plant on earth. The flower head grows up to 25 feet in diameter, and consists of millions of small flowers borne on a branched stalk at the top of the trunk.

Ola palms are now only cultivated throughout southeast Asia and are rare in the natural world. Historically, the leaves were written upon in various Southeast Asian cultures using an iron stylus to create palm leaf manuscripts. The leaves are also used for thatching, and the sap can be tapped to make palm wine. Over the centuries, many famous scriptures have been written on Ola leaves. Horoscopes written on Ola leaves provided guidance for persons yet to be born. The leaves were not bound like books, but were carried around in baskets. In Ola-focused cultures, it’s a matter of pride and tradition to copy the original leaves year after year.

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