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    Default Once in a Lifetime - flowering of the Corypha umbraculifera

    Two 79 years old Talipot palms Corypha umbraculifera in the Singapore Botanical Gardens’ Palm Valley is putting up their Once-in-a-Lifetime flowering.

    The inflorescense has already emerged and will continue to bloom throughout December, afterwhich the palms will die.

    Go and experience the spectacle for yourself (the palms are about 50ft tall without the blooms), but meanwhile here’s some pics to tease…




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    Hi Choy! Where is this palm located in BG? And what do you mean the palms will die after that? as in literally the entire palm will KO? wah like that won't Nparks be very sian??!!!

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    Darrell, it is in the Palm Valley. From the visitor centre follow the trail towards the left. There are signs posted along the way. The palms are physically next to the heritage Tembusu tree.

    and yes, the palm will actually die. a number of palms do that. The palm that gives us the sago flour, Metroxylon sagu is an example. btw the sagu that we eat is actually not a seed or anything like that, but manufactured from the starch extracted from the sago palm's trunk after it is felled.

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    btw the small palm on the right of the first pic, is a young talipot. come back in another 70 years or so and catch it flowering

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    oh gosh !! i might not live to see the next flowering... oh gosh oh gosh.....

    monday i better go and see see !!

    oh gosh..... 70 years... gesh...

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    don't have to wait 70 years there are other more mature ones around.

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    wah thanks for sharing the info, learnt something new again today!

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