An 80-year-old Talipot Palm (Corypha umbraculifera) nestled in the Singapore Botanic Gardens has reached the end of its life. (Refer to Annex A for more details on this plant.) This species of plant has been programmed by nature to live for approximately 30 to 80 years without producing any flowers. Upon reaching the brink of its end, the plant, after conserving much food and energy over its lifespan, has begun to produce an immense floral candelabra of an estimated 24 million flowers in tiny clusters.
Given the right conditions, the flowers should produce fruit and then disperse seeds, which will give rise to new plants.
The flowering and fruiting of this Talipot Palm is a rare occurrence and is expected to last throughout 2013. It is located on Lawn D, between the Swiss Granite Fountain and Holttum Hall at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
The end is just the beginning for this Talipot Palm!