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Corypha (Gebang Palm, Buri Palm or Talipot Palm) is a genus of six or seven species (the World Checklist (WCSP) does not recognise C. macropoda, but IUCN does) of palms (family Arecaceae), native to India, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, New Guinea, and northeastern Australia (Cape York Peninsula, Queensland). They are fan palms (Arecaceae tribe Corypheae), with the leaves with a long petiole terminating in a rounded fan of numerous leaflets.

They are all large palms, with large fan-shaped leaves with stout petioles ranging from 2-5 m in length. They reach heights of 20-40 m and with a trunk diameter of up to 1-2.5 metres. All the species are monocarpic and die after flowering. The genus is relatively slow growing and can take many years to form a trunk.

 

 

 

 

Uses

The leaves are often used for thatching or can be woven into baskets, etc. Three kinds of fibres, namely buri, raffia, and buntal, may be obtained from the plant.

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