Saribus rotundifolius

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Saribus rotundifolius
Livistonia Rotundifolia.jpg
S rotundifolius in Kolkata, India
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Genus: Saribus
Species: S. rotundifolius
Binomial name
Saribus rotundifolius
(Lam.) Blume

Corypha rotundifolia Lam.
Livistona rotundifolia (Lam.) Mart.

Saribus rotundifolius, round-leaf fountain palm, is a palm found in Southeast Asia.[1] It is a member of the genus Saribus. It is also called footstool palm (English) and as Anáhaw or Luyong (Filipino).[2] The foliage of the Saribus rotundifolius is the unofficial national leaf of the Philippines.

It is a common landscaping plant in the region. It can grow in sub-tropical climates and humid, tropical areas.[1]

The leaves are used for thatching and food wrapping. Overharvesting of leaves of wild plants have reduced leaf size. The leaves do grow faster after harvest but tend to be smaller.[1]

In September 2011, after DNA research the reclassification from the genus Livistona to the resurrected genus Saribus was official.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Tropical Palms - Asian region". Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Retrieved 2007-01-19. 
  2. ^ Marcial C. Amaro Jr., ed. (January–April 2010). "Anahaw" (PDF). Some Familiar Philippine Palms that Produce High Food Value and Tikog. Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau of the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  3. ^ "New genus, SARIBUS, is resurrected.". Retrieved 2012-01-13.