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  • 1) Raffia palms "Palm or Palmae (also known by the name Palmaceae, which is taxonomically invalid[1] or commonly palm tree), the palm family, is a family of flowering plants belonging to the monocot order, Arecales. There are roughly 202 currently known genera with around 2600 species, most of which are restricted to tropical, subtropical, and possibly warm temperate climates. Most palms are distinguished by their large, compound, evergreen leaves arranged at the top of an unbranched stem. However, many palms are exceptions to this statement, and palms in fact exhibit an enormous diversity in physical characteristics. As well as being morphologically diverse, palms also inhabit nearly every type of habitat within their range, from rainforests to deserts." "Arecaceae is notable for having the individual trees with the largest seed, largest leaf, largest inflorescence, as well as the tallest individual monocot. The coco de mer (Lodoicea maldivica) has the largest seeds of any plant, 40-50 centimeters in diameter and weighing 15-30 kilograms each. Raffia palms (Raphia spp.), with leaves up to 25 meters long and 3 meters wide, have the largest leaves of any plant. The Corypha species have the largest inflorescence of any plant, up to 7.5 meters tall and containing millions of small flowers. Ceroxylon quindiuense, Colombia's national tree, is the tallest monocot in the world, reaching heights of 60 meters." Source and further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arecaceae Further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raffia_palm 2) I think you were referring to Teak: "One of the world most unusual trees is the teak (柚木). It is one of the heaviest of all woods, and it has the largest leaves of any tree. These enormous leaves are two feet square and their surface is so tough and coarse that cabinetmakers in India use them as sandpaper." Source and further information: http://www.egas.cn/jshi/jzhc/200706/578.html Further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teak

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