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Livistona chinensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Subfamily: Coryphoideae
Tribe: Corypheae
Subtribe: Livistoninae
Genus: Livistona

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Saribus Blume
Wissmannia Burret[1]

Livistona nitida, the Carnarvon Fan Palm, as seen from the Amphitheatre in Carnarvon National Park.

Livistona is a genus of 36 species of palms (family Arecaceae), native to southern and southeastern Asia, Australasia, and the Horn of Africa. They are fan palms, the leaves with an armed petiole terminating in a rounded, costapalmate fan of numerous leaflets.

Livistona species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Batrachedra arenosella (recorded on L. subglobosa) and Paysandisia archon.

Anáhaw (L. rotundifolia) is the unofficial national leaf of the Philippines, while Kho (L. speciosa) is the tree of Khao Kho District in Thailand.


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Robert Brown named the genus Livistona after Patrick Murray, Baron Livingstone.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Genus: Livistona R. Br.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2004-10-15. Retrieved 2011-04-05. 
  2. ^ a b "GRIN Species Records of Livistona". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2011-04-05. 
  3. ^ Robert Brown (1810). "Prodromus floræ Novæ Hollandiæ et Insulæ Van-Diemen : exhibens characteres plantarum quas annis 1802-1805".  (Latin)

External links[edit]

Media related to Livistona at Wikimedia Commons Data related to Livistona at Wikispecies