Palmyra Palm, one of the most useful trees known. It is native to Africa, but is also extensively cultivated in India and Sri Lanka. The tree sometimes attains a height of 100 feet (30 m). It has fan-shaped leaves 8 to 10 feet (2.4 to 3 m) long. All parts of the plant are used. The wood is good building material, and the leaves can be made into thatching, fans, and umbrellas. Leaf fibers are woven into twine, rope, hats, and mats, and are used to make coarse brushes. The young plants and the flesh and seed of the mature fruit are eaten. Syrup obtained from the spathes (leaves that sheathe the flower spikes) is made into sugar, wine, and vinegar.
The Palmyra palm is Borassus flabellifer of the palm family, Palmae.