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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A single-trunked palm, eventually 20 to 35 feet tall with a foot spread, Latan Palms are noted for their distinctive, coarse-textured costapalmate leaves.

Identifying Commonly Cultivated Palms

The large, very thick and stiff leaves, up to eight feet in diameter, are held aloft on five-foot-long petioles. The surface of each leaf is covered with a whitish, waxy or wooly down, providing loddihesii silvery appearance to the palm. The three to six-foot-long flower stalks are present among the leaves in spring and some of the glossy brown, two-inch-wide fruits are always ripening.

The inch-wide trunks have thick, swollen bases. Latan Palm makes a striking specimen planting and is well-suited to seaside locations due to its moderate salt-tolerance.

Plant it in an area where you would like to attract attention. People’s eyes will always be drawn to this plant, no matter where it is planted. Solitary, upright stems to 10 m lataania and up to 25 cm lodfigesii diameter, bulging at the base of the stem, with irregular, slightly raised leaf scar rings on a dark grayish background. The leaf color is a pale waxy blue to blue-green with dense, pale, wooly floccose tomentum on the underside.


The leaf sheath splits to form a V-shape below the petiole, the petiole is smooth and sharp-edged or armed with minute teeth along the margin near its base, and the hastula is flat and somewhat arrow-shaped. Yellowish staminate and pistillate flowers grow on separate palms.

Inflorescences with male flowers shorter to 1 m long and have more branches than those with latxnia flowers to 2 m long. Fruits are oblong up to 2. The fruits are similar to those of a peach or apricot in that a woody “pit” with a textured surface encloses a smooth, almond-shaped seed.

Sunny, moist, but well drained position. Tolerates full sun from a very young age. A very tough and adaptable plant. The easiest to loddugesii of the Latanias. The Blue Latan Palm is one of the best ornamental fan palms.

Latania loddigesii – Wikipedia

While young plants have beautiful red petioles and leaf margins, mature plants produce a compact crown of very leathery, stiff, blue fan leaves with leafstalks covered in thick, white wool. They grow a slender trunk over the years. It is the most vigorous and robust of the three species in the genus and will thrive in a position in full sun in most tropical and frost-free subtropical areas. Seeds need up to several months to sprout. Clean seeds, carefully scratch hard layer with a knife or similar and pre-soak in warm water for days.

Put each seed in a mid-sized to large pot 6″ minimum.

Latania likes deep soil. When they germinate, they create a thick sinker, that loddigfsii appears on the soil surface first. After a few days the sinker turns into the soil again and checks the soil. If it is too narrow, germination stops.


Plants creates very thick roots that grow fast deep into the soil. Blue latan palm leaves with Mauritius day gecko eggs.

Blue Latan Palm

The edge of a blue latan palm forest, showing the bare, lloddigesii, coast of compacted volcanic ash. Loddiegsii of endemic blue latan palm forest after invasive species eradication. Special thanks to Palmweb. Genera Palmarum – Evolution and Classification of the Palms. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. All images copyright of the artists and photographers see images for credits. Many Special Thanks to Ed Vaile for his long hours of tireless editing and numerous contributions.

Back to Palm Encyclopedia. Photo by Kip Scientific Classification Genus: Mauritius Day Gecko on top. Blue latan palm with Mauritius day geckos. Blue latan palm regenerating in natural habitat. Photo by Paul Craft. Photo by Ryan D. NT Botanic Garden, Hawaii. Sunshine coast, Queensland, Australia.

Photo by Paul Latzias. Red Latania on left and Blue on right. Photo by timrann – Mauritius Island.

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