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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Photo by Paul Latzias. This one has all the colors and is probably the most commonly planted of the three. Inflorescences with male flowers shorter to 1 m long and have more branches than those with female flowers to 2 m long.

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.

The surface of each leaf is covered with a whitish, waxy or wooly down denser on the undersideproviding a bluish-grey silvery appearance to the palm. Special thanks to Palmweb.

Identifying Commonly Cultivated Palms

The wooly scales on the underside of Latania loddigesii leaves are pale, not dark cinnamon-colored as in Bismarkia nobilis, and the seeds of Latania are enclosed in sculpted pyrenes like a peach seed inside a pitunlike those of Bismarkia. Re-growth of endemic blue latan palm forest after invasive species eradication.


Usually slow but relatively fast in favourable tropical climates. Arecaceae ar-ek-AY-see-ee Info Genus: I have found all 3 to make great indoor palms as long latamia they are close to bright light and seem to be fast growing.

The seeds are divided in 3 at the bottom like a “trident”.

Photo by Kip Scientific Classification Genus: This small, slow-growing, solitary palm is closely related and often confused with Bismarckia nobilis from Madagascar. They grow a slender trunk over the years. If it doesn’t get enough magnesium, the leaves take on a rather unhealthy yellow colour.

Latania loddigesii | Identifying Commonly Cultivated Palms

Leaf margin entire to slighty serrulate. The wooly scales on the underside of the leaves are whitish to pale pinkish beige. 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.

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Dioecious plant each individual carries only masculine or feminine flowers present among the leaves in spring. Masculine inflorescences shorter up to 1 m long and more ramified. These palms are relatively fast in the tropics and within years are grey. Latania loddigesii is endangered; a few mature specimens survive, but it is by far the most abundant tree species Latania on Round Island. There are 3 colors of Latan Palm: When adult, it can bear long drought periods. Latania verschaffeltii Yellow Latan Palm has leaf margins, veins, and petioles which are deep orange-yellow, but within years they all sort of turn to a grey colour.


This species has a sculptured fruit endocarp pit containing a smooth seed. Be mindful about not over watering though and make sure in well drained soil.

Latania loddigesii

Palms only have a set number of new leaves that can sprout and grow per year and removing fronds will not increase that latwnia. Quite slow grower and seeds germination about min. Habit at Boynton Beach, Florida. Photo by timrann – Mauritius Island. Latania lontaroides Red Latan Palm has reddish petiole, leaf margins and veins. Blue latan palm regenerating in natural habitat.

In areas where summer rain is prevalent, it seems to put on rapid growth with this ample water, but it does not want to sit in continually wet, mucky soil. Palms recycle nutrients from dead or dying fronds and use them for healthier fronds.