Talpot

or Talipot Tree. A gigantic palm. When the sheath of the flower bursts it makes a report like that of a cannon.

They burst, like Zeilan's giant palm,
Whose buds fly open with a sound
That shakes the pigmy forest round.

Moore. Fire Worshippers.

Zeilau is Portuguese for Ceylon.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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