Livistona saribus

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Taraw palm
Livistona saribus Townsville Palmetum.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Genus: Livistona
L. saribus
Binomial name
Livistona saribus
  • Corypha saribus Lour.
  • Livistona cochinchinensis (Blume) Mart.
  • Livistona hasseltii (Hassk.) Hassk. ex Miq.
  • Livistona hoogendorpii Teijsm. & Binn. ex Miq.
  • Livistona hoogendorpii hort. ex André
  • Livistona inaequisecta Becc.
  • Livistona spectabilis Griff.
  • Livistona tonkinensis Magalon
  • Livistona vogamii Becc.
  • Sabal hoogendorpii (Teijsm. & Binn. ex Miq.) L.H.Bailey
  • Sabal hoogendorpii (Teijsm. & Binn. ex Miq.) Kuntze
  • Saribus cochinchinensis Blume
  • Saribus hasseltii Hassk.
  • Saribus hoogendorpii (Teijsm. & Binn. ex Miq.) Kuntze

Livistona saribus, commonly known as taraw palm, is a species of palm tree found in Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Borneo, Java. Peninsular Malaysia and the Philippines). It is reportedly naturalized in the Society Islands of French Polynesia and also in the Guangdong and Yunnan regions of China.[2]

Livistona saribus produces blue fruits, and is cold hardy to twenty-four degrees. Taraw grows to forty feet (12 m) in height and prefers moist soil. It has spines along the leaf stems which resemble shark teeth.[3][4]


  1. ^ The Plant List
  2. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Livistona saribus
  3. ^ Chevalier, Auguste Jean Baptiste. 1919. Bulletin Economique (de l'Indochine) 21(137): 501–502, Livistona saribus
  4. ^ Loureiro, João de. 1790. Flora cochinchinensis: sistens plantas in regno Cochinchina nascentes. Quibus accedunt aliæ observatæ in Sinensi imperio, Africa Orientali, Indiæque locis variis. Omnes dispositæ secundum systema sexuale Linnæanum. Ulyssipone 1: 212, Corypha saribus

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