The Talipot Palm is a peculiar flowering plant located in the Botanic Gardens. After it was described to me by friend and nature expert Arlington James, I sought out to capture its wonder.
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Where is Botanic Gardens?
The 16 hectares of protected land known as the Dominica Botanic Gardens is located on the eastern edge of the capital of Roseau.
Once known as one of the finest botanical gardens in the region, it was severely damaged by Hurricane David in 1979. Following restoration efforts, it remains a focus of cultural life in Roseau, and a center of conservation research on Dominica.
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Passes are available from Cruise Agents, Tour Operators, Car Hire Agencies and at various other locations around the island. Passes can also be bought from officials at the sites themselves or from Forestry, Wildlife & Parks Division on Valley Road or in the Botanical Gardens, Roseau (266-3817).
The talipot palm is native to eastern and southern India, and is widely considered as the flowering plant with the largest inflorescence in the world.
(An inflorescence is a group or cluster of flowers arranged on a stem that is composed of a main branch or a complicated arrangement of branches. Source, Wikipedia)
This is how the tree looked from Morne Bruce:
I drove down to the Botanic Gardens to get a closer look:
What makes the Talipot Palm so unique isn’t just its inflorescence. This palm bears fruit only once in its lifetime, between the age of 30 and 80 years old. It takes a full year for the fruits to mature and then the palm dies after fruiting.
So it’s safe to say that these images are some of last of this particular Talipot Palm tree at the Botanic Gardens.