The 80-Year-Old Talipot Palm

We went to the Botanic Gardens on Saturday to see the 80-year-old Talipot Palm located on Lawn D, between the Swiss Granite Fountain and Holttum Hall. Talipot Palms don’t flower until they reach the end of their life. This Talipot Palm is currently producing flowers for the first (and last) time and it’s estimated that the palm will produce about 24 million flowers!

While we were there, tiny white flowers fell like rain around us whenever the wind blew. Truly amazing. Anya was happily running around trying to catch flowers. A few got stuck in my hair!

We also took some photos with a Kapok tree with huge buttress roots. This particular one is a Heritage tree and it’s a magnificent specimen. The fruits of the Kapok tree are filled with a white, cottony interior which is used to stuff cushions, pillows and even life jackets in the past.

Talipot Palm on the right

Talipot Palm on the right

closer look at the flowers

closer look at the flowers

tiny flowers caught on a web

tiny flowers caught on a web

Anya running though flowers

Anya running though flowers

Kapok tree

Kapok tree

Anya

Anya

huge roots

huge roots

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