April 24, 2015

Talipot Palm Flowering Continues at Pinecrest Garden

Talipot Palm Continues to Flower at Pinecrest Gardens
Talipot Palm
Corypha umbraculifera
at Pinecrest Gardens, Florida
photo courtesy: Craig Morell
The giant Talipot Palm at Pinecrest Gardens is in full flower now, and the inflorescence is larger than the crown of the palm, quite a spectacle indeed. From the close-up photograph, it is easy to see why there is a common belief that the palm might have one million flowers on one inflorescence, which can easily be 25 feet tall and almost as wide. In the next few months we expect to see the early formation of seeds. When the seeds develop, the inflorescence will become a giant Christmas tree, with the seeds in the role of green ornaments the size of golf balls. The palm was planted in 1965, and started flowering in December 2014. It remains one of the few Talipot Palms to flower in the United States, making this rare event bittersweet for the staff of Pinecrest Gardens who have maintained this palm for many years. 
close-up photograph
of Talipot Palm inflorescence
photo courtesy of Craig Morell

We expect the palm will continue to bloom for another 2-6 months, and begin the long process of seed production for another 8-12 months after flowering is finished. The seeds will be distributed to palm growers, plant enthusiasts and gardens in South Florida, so that this palm may carry on its genetic heritage in many gardens for the next 50 years.

Craig Morell
Pinecrest Gardens