Family Name: Arecaceae (Palmae). Synonyms: Acanthophoenix dendroformis, Latania glaucophylla. Common Names: Blue Latan Palm. Latania loddigesii. Blue Latan Palm. The Blue Latan Palm is one of the best ornamental fan palms. While young plants have beautiful red petioles and leaf. Latania loddigesii is endangered; a few mature specimens survive, but it is by far the most abundant tree species Latania on Round Island. The number of young.

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Two other trees, the Bottle palm Mascarena revaughanii and a Hurricane palm Dictyosperma album both formely numerose are now reduced to very few individuals. Last Updated May idtools.

Latania loddigesii inflorescence with staminate male flowers. At seedling it has spinny red margins leaves like the pandanus and blue-gray leaves and light green branches with redish edge. The large, very thick and loddiggesii leaves, up to eight feet in diameter, are held aloft on five-foot-long petioles. A shade screen patio will provide an excellent environment for young specimens which can eventually be planted in a sunny location.

It is a plant of great ornamental value either as a single specimen or in groups.

Palms only have a set number of new leaves that can sprout and grow per year and removing fronds will not increase that number. It is the most vigorous and lodditesii of the three species in the genus and will thrive in a position in full sun in most tropical and frost-free subtropical areas. The three different species of Latan Palm can be distinguished by leaf colour.


Identifying Commonly Cultivated Palms

Seeds need up to several months to sprout. In fact all 3 Latanias are very dictinguishable by their there seeds.

Inflorescences with male flowers shorter to 1 m long and have more branches than those with female flowers to 2 m long. Yellowish staminate and pistillate flowers grow on separate palms. I happen to have all 3 colors as small palms. Photo by Paul Craft. Arecaceae ar-ek-AY-see-ee Info Genus: I have tried to grow this The fruits are fleshy similar to those of a peach or apricot in that a sculptured woody endocarp pit with a encloses smooth almond-shaped seed.

Red Latania on left and Blue on right. Only young leaves that have not yet turned silvery should be used for this determination.

Latania loddigesii – Palmpedia – Palm Grower’s Guide

This small, slow-growing, solitary palm is closely related and often confused with Bismarckia nobilis from Madagascar. Yellowish staminate and pistillate flowers grow on separate palms.

The Blue Latan Palm is one of the best ornamental fan palms. Prefers full sun from a very young age but will tolerate half day sun.

Blue Latan Palm Latania loddigesii. In general a fruit contain, in general, three seeds. The easiest to grow of the Latanias. The Blue Latania Latania loddigesii seeds are more nicely patterned and Yellow Latania Latania verschaffeltii seeds are long and thin and the patterns are parallelalso at the bottom it ends like a ” trident ” and the fruits of that are longer and slender than the Blue Latania Phenology: Plant it in an area where you would like to attract attention.


The wooly scales on the underside of the leaves are whitish to pale pinkish beige. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The leaf color is a pale waxy blue to blue-green with dense, pale, wooly floccose tomentum on the underside.

The surface of each leaf is covered with a whitish, waxy or wooly down denser on the undersideproviding a bluish-grey silvery appearance to the palm. This page has been accessed 20, times. Native of Mauritius Round Islandnot much left but being recently reintroduced and they seem to be doing fine. The climate is characterized by marked seasonal traits, with warm and rainy summers and dry winters.

Photograph courtesy of Mariana P. Back to Latania index. Latania loddigesii is a solitary, erect palm with undulating leaf scars; waxy, blue-green costapalmate leaves; laatnia a triangular or arrow-shaped hastula. Back to Palm Encyclopedia.

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