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Latania lontaroides

Family Name: Arecaceae (Palmae)
Synonyms: Cleophora iontaroides, Latania borbonica, Latania commersonii
Common Name: Red Latan Palm
Full Sun: 6-8h Moderate Water Roadside Tree / Palm Fan / Costapalmate Single Obvious Trunk Palm


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Palm (Solitary Palm)


Native Distribution Mascarene Islands
Native Habitat Terrestrial

Description and Ethnobotany

Trunk Swollen base. Smooth and woody. Lightly ringed by the scars from the fallen fronds. 
Foliage Looks similar to Bismarckia palm. Costapalmate (Shaped like the palm of a hand and having a short midrid of costa). The petioles and leaves have a very distinctive red coloration when young. As they grow bigger, their leaves lose their color and turn green, but the leaf-stems and the margins always stay red. The leaf surface is whitish and waxy. 
Flowers Inflorescence coming from among the leaves. Small and yellow in color. 
Fruits The fruits are oval shaped. Brownish green and fleshy. Single seeded. The seeds are plum shaped, round at the end, pointed at the other. 

Landscaping Features

Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses Roadside Tree / Palm, Parks & Gardens, Container Planting

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) Red
Foliar Shape(s) Palm Fronds (Fan / Costapalmate)
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 2.5 (Palm - Solitary)

Non - Foliar and Storage

Trunk Type (Palm) Single Obvious Trunk, Aboveground
Mature Bark Texture Smooth, Hooped / Ringed
Stem Type & Modification Woody

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality 1 Unisexual Flowers
Flower & Plant Sexuality 2 Dioecious
Flower Colour(s) Yellow / Golden
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

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Master ID 1344
Species ID 5100
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.