Corypha utan Lam.

Last updated: 07 May 2015

Scientific Name

Corypha utan Lam.


Borassus sylvestris Giseke [Illegitimate], Corypha elata Roxb., Corypha gebang Mart., Corypha gembanga (Blume) Blume, Corypha griffithiana Becc., Corypha macrophylla Roster, Corypha macropoda Kurz ex Linden, Corypha macropoda Linden ex Kurz, Corypha sylvestris Mart. [Illegitimate], Gembanga rotundifolia Blume, Livistona vidalii Becc., Taliera elata (Roxb.) Wall., Taliera gembanga Blume [Illegitimate], Taliera sylvestris Blume [Illegitimate] [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Gebang, ibus [2] [3]
English Gebang palm, buri palm, agel palm [2], cabbage palm, buri palm [4]
China Gao xing li ye ye zi [4]
Indonesia Gebang, gewang, lontar utan [2] [4], pucuk, ibus, la buong [3]
Thailand Lan, lan-phru (Southern) [2][4]
Philippines Buri (Bikol, Bisaya, Pampango, Tagalog); silag (Ilokano, Pangasinan); buli (Bisaya, Taga­log) [2]
Germany Buripalme [4]
Spain Gebang, palma talipot [4]

Geographical Distributions

Corypha utan occurs wild and cultivated from India (Assam, An­dam an Islands), Sri Lanka and Bangladesh throughout Southeast Asia to tropical Australia. [2]

C. utan are mostly associated with human settlements. In the wild, they are probably a feature of open seral communities such as alluvial plains or coastal forests, and they do not occur in climax tropical rainforests. C. utan com­monly grows in lowland open locations, rarely above 400 m above sea level. In Java, it is found in open locations, especially grasslands, up to 200 m altitude, but not along beaches or in mangroves. In Malaysia, it is common in the open country in the north. Flowering seems to be induced by long dry periods. [2]

Botanical Description

C. utan falls under the family of Palmae. It is a robust, solitary, one-stemmed and bisexual palm that can reach up to 10-30 m tall. [2]

The stem is erect, columnar, measures 35-75 cm in diametre, unarmed and closely ringed with leaf scars. [2]

The leaves are crowded which form a large crown, early withering and tend to abscise under their own weight. The petiole is robust, measures 2-5(-7) m long, deeply furrowed and with sharp-toothed margins. The blade is orbicular, costapalmate, measures 1.5-3.5 m in diame­tre, and regularly divided to about half of its radius into 80-100, single-fold and linear segments. [2]

The inflorescence is massive, terminal, much-branched and 3-6 m long. The whole inflorescence bears up to 10(-60) million flowers. The flowers are bi­sexual, with tubular sepal, 3-lobed and about 1.5 mm long. There are 3 boat-shaped petals about 3 mm long, white and fragrant. There are 6 stamens, about as long as the petal and with narrowly triangular filaments. The pistil is with 3­-grooved, 3-celled ovary, short style and 3-dentate stigma. [2]

The fruit is a berry-like drupe, nearly globular, measures 2-3.5 cm in diametre, olive-green, with fleshy pericarp, membranous endocarp and it is on a stalk 3-5 mm long. [2]

The seed is spherical, measures 1-1.5 cm in diametre hard and with remote-­tubular germination. [2]


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Traditional Use

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Poisonous Management

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Line drawing


Figure 1: The line drawing of C. utan Lam. [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver1.1. Corypha utan Lam.[homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Apr 18; cited 2015 May 05]. Available from:
  2. Corypha utan Lam.In: Brink M, Escobin RP, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 17: Fibre Plants. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publishers; 2003.
  3. Herbal Medicine Research Centre, Institute Medical Research. Compendium of medicinal plants used in Malaysia. Volume 1. Kuala Lumpur: HMRC IMR; 2002. p. 218.
  4. Philippine Medicinal Plants. Buri. Corypha elata Roxb. [homepage on the Internet] c2014. [updated 2014 Sep; cited 2015 May 07]. Available from