Chamaerops biroo Siebold ex Mart.
Latania chinensis Jacq.
Livistona japonica Nakai ex Masam.
Livistona mauritiana Wall. ex Mart.
Livistona oliviformis (Hassk.) Mart.
Livistona sinensis Griff.
Livistona subglobosa (Hassk.) Mart.
Saribus chinensis (Jacq.) Blume
Saribus oliviformis Hassk.
Saribus subglobosus Hassk.
Common Name: Chinese Fan Palm
Livistona chinensis is an evergreen, fan-leaved, solitary-stemmed palm tree with an unbranched stem up to 15 metres tall and around 20 - 30cm in diameter. The stem is topped by a dense crown of leaves[
The plants is both harvested from the wild and also cultivated for its leaves, which are widely used to make fans in China, as well as being used to make hats, brooms, raincoats etc[
]. The plant is also widely grown as an ornamental in the tropics and subtropics[
Livistona chinensis is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2009)[
E. Asia - southern China, Taiwan, southern Japan.
Coastal forests on various soils, often in sand, sometimes in dense mono-specific colonies, otherwise in small isolated colonies; at elevations up to 100 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
Livistona chinensis is a plant mainly of the subtropics, though it is widely grown as an ornamental from the warm temperate zone to the tropics[
Prefers a position in light shade[
]. Prefers a sunny, moist position, but it is a tough, easy to grow palm, that is tolerant of a wide range of conditions[
Widely cultivated through the tropics and subtropics, the seed is spread by birds who eat the fruits germinates, it germinates easily and has been recorded as escaping from cultivation. It has been designated invasive in some Pacific Islands[
A slow-growing species[
The leaves are used for making fans[
]. They are also used for manufacturing rain hats and coats, brooms etc[
The fibres, extracted from the sheath and the petiole of the leaves, are made into cordage[
Seed - when sown fresh it can germinate in 1 - 2 months[
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