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.