Highly recommended by my mother who visited the Singapore Botanic Gardens on New Year’s Day, we (wife was thinking of an afternoon nap instead) brought the girls out over the weekend to check out the 80 years old dying tree.
The Talipot Palm (Corypha umbraculifera) is a rare tree that only flowers once in it’s entire lifetime of 60-80 years. And for this few weeks, one such Talipot Palm is nearly that stage, flowering for the first and the last time after 80 years of growth. During this short period, it will produce some 24 million tiny flowers, and hopefully, some seeds, before finally dying off.
Closer look at the tiny pale yellow flowers.
This is how it looks when it has fallen down.
Since we are there on a rare sunny afternoon, the girls took the chance to scoot around and enjoyed “the greatest day of our lives” as acclaimed by Joey.
The Christmas feel is still pretty much alive around the gardens.
Just besides the Talipot Palm is this gigantic tree with its roots spread out in almost every direction. I am guessing the tree should be more than a hundred years old.
Every time we go to the Botanic Gardens, there are always new flowers to discover.
The viewing of Talipot Palm will end this week, check out the dates and make sure you don’t miss such a rare opportunity. Have fun!