The Talipat in Flower
Lithographer: Needham, Jonathan (fl.1850-1874)
Lithograph by Jonathan Needham (fl.1850-1874), after Charles D.C. O'Brien, of 'The Talipat in Flower' in Sri Lanka, dated 1st January 1864. This print forms Plate 8 of 'A series of fifteen Views of Ceylon illustrative of Sir J.E. Tennent's work, from sketches made on the spot by Capt C. O'Brien, late Assistant Surveyor General, Ceylon' London, 1864. The Talipot Palm (Corypha Umbraculifera) grows in Southern India, Sri Lanka and the Far East, and blooms once only, after reaching maturity at thirty plus years, it then dies after producing seed. Its very large fan-shaped leaves were used in the production of the palm-leaf manuscript books of South East Asia; strips being cut from the leaves, fastened together and written on as a substitute for paper.