Jan 2019 – Latania Verschaffeltii

Latania Verschaffeltii

Latania Verschaffeltii
(Yellow Latan Palm)

A robust fan palm native to the Mascarene Island of Rodriguez. Its petioles and leaf-bases are also covered with a dense, white wool at least on mature trees but the leaves are green rather than glaucous. In young plants the leaf veins and petioles are an attractive bright orange colour with this colouration even extending to the leaf lamina of some plants. The leaves also have a short, blunt hastula which is quite different from that of the other species.

A monotypic genus of palm endemic to Lord Howe Island where it grows in stunted moss forests at about 750 meter altitude. The species is a solitary, small to medium-sized, unarmed feather-leaved palm with a bulging, incomplete crownshaft. The inflorescence arises below the leaves and bears unisexual flowers of both sexes.

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