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Department of Botany

Since 1980

Livistona chinensis (Jacq.) R. Br. ex Mart.


Chinese Fan palm

   Botanical NameLivistona chinensis (Jacq.) R. Br. ex Mart.
   SynonymsChamaerops biroo. Siebold ex Mart.; Latania chinensis Jacq.; Latania oviliformis (Hassk.) Devansaye; Latania japonica Nakai ex Masam
   Common NameEnglish : Chinese fan palm, Fountain palm / Tamil : --
   DistributionIndia, China, Japan,Tropical Asia and America
Throughout India
   DescriptionTall tree up to 15m height, bark grey brown with persistent leaf base or with leaf scar. The scar eventually disappears and form smooth trunk. Leave costa palmate, induplicate, dull olive green, drooping, divided into stiff segments, petiole margin toothed or sharply serrate sometimes smooth. Inflorescence intrafoliar spadix. Flowers trimerous, unisexual, light yellow. Male and female flowers are in same inflorescence. Fruit ovoid green or greyish blue in color.
   Flowering Fruiting periodThroughout the year
   UsesOrnamental in gardens and sometimes indoor plant in sunny rooms.
   Medicinal UsesPlant used for anticancer treatment, fruit and seeds are antibacterial.
   Tamil NameChinese Fan palm