The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 5: Gardens in Asia, America, Africa, Australia

Talipot Palm Corypha umbraculifera Sri Lanka

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770. The talipot tree is the Corypha umbraculifera (fig. 216.). All the books of importance in Pali and Cingalese, relative to the religion of Buddhoo in Ceylon, are written on laminï¾µ of these leaves. This leaf is also used in the maritime provinces as a mark of distinction ; each person being allowed to have a certain number of these leaves folded up as fans, carried with him by his servants. They are also used in making tents; and, by the common people, to shelter themselves from the rain; one leaf affording sufficient shelter for seven or eight persons.