Palmyrah tree (Borassus flabellifer) is the state tree of Tamil Nadu. It is of economic importance for the state, as no part of the tree goes waste. Furthermore, it plays an important role in acting as a barrier during the cyclonic storms. Tamil Nadu has the highest number of Palmyrah trees in the country. It has around 5.10 crore of these trees of the total 5.89 crore in India.
To conserve Palmyrah trees, the state government has launched Palmyrah Development Mission. This mission will involve planting of around 76 lakh palmyrah seeds across the southern state. In addition, the state government will be selling palmyra products in the ration shops.