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Palm - Livistona chinensis

Upper Botany Garden

Native to China and Japan, it is vulgarly called “Chinese fan” or “fountain palm”. Its stem of a brownish-green colour, turns greyish with age. On average they can grow up to 3-7 m in height, and only rarely they reach 12 m with a diameter of 20-30 cm; they present a noticeable bulge at the base and very showy leaf scars at the top. The leaves, of a shiny light-green colour with greyish or yellowish shades, can reach up to 3 m in length, giving shape to a very dense crown with a diameter of 2-3 m. The creamy-yellow flowers are hermaphrodite. The oval fruits, of a greenish colour that turns bluish when ripe, have a 2-3 cm length and contain brownish oval seeds. It grows slowly and is cultivated as an ornamental plant in many temperate climate countries.

Text by
Paolo Basetti
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