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Useful Tropical Plants

Livistona jenkinsiana

Griff.

Arecaceae


There has been some confusion between Livistona jenkinsiana and Livistona speciosa Kurz, with some treatments, such as the Flora of China[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
] treating Livistona speciosa as a synonym of Livistona jenkinsiana. We are using the treatment of Dowe, J.L. (2009)[
1970
Title
A Taxonomic Account of Livistona R.Br. (Arecaceae)
Publication
A Taxonomic Account of Gardens’ Bulletin Singapore 60(2): 185-344. 2009
Author
Dowe J.L.
Publisher
 
Year
2009
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, detailed work, though it is a shame it does not include information on traditional and other uses.
] and Liu, H.S. (2011)[
1971
Title
Taxonomic notes on Livistona (Palmae) in flora of China
Publication
Bulletin of Botanical Research, 31 (6), 644-648, 2011
Author
Liu H.S.
Publisher
 
Year
2011
ISBN
 
Description
 
], where Livistona speciosa is a distinct species native from Bangladesh to southern China and south to Malaysia and Vietnam - this species was wrongly described as Livistona jenkinsiana in the Flora of China. Livistona jenkinsiana is not native to China, but is found in Bangladesh, northeast India, Myanmar and Thailand.

+ Synonyms

Livistona jenkinsii Griff. ex Mart.

Saribus jenkensii (Griff.) Kuntze

Common Name: Himalayan Fan Palm

Livistona jenkinsiana
Plant growing in native habitat
Photograph by: P. Wilkin
Image credit to Palmweb
Livistona jenkinsiana Livistona jenkinsiana Livistona jenkinsiana

General Information

Livistona jenkinsiana is a solitary-stemmed, evergreen palm tree with an unbranched stem growing up to 10 metres tall and up to 30cm in diameter. The stem is topped by a dense crown of 20 - 50 fan-shaped leaves with petioles 130 - 200cm long and leaf blades 150 - 200cm wide[
314
Title
Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.pacsoa.org.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains at least a little information on the majority of palm and cycad species, plus a wealth of photographs. A first class website.
,
1970
Title
A Taxonomic Account of Livistona R.Br. (Arecaceae)
Publication
A Taxonomic Account of Gardens’ Bulletin Singapore 60(2): 185-344. 2009
Author
Dowe J.L.
Publisher
 
Year
2009
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, detailed work, though it is a shame it does not include information on traditional and other uses.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for its leaves, which are used locally for thatch and are woven into hats etc. It is occasionally cultivated in small plantations for this purpose in India and China[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
,
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
,
1968
Title
Palms of Southern Asia
Publication
 
Author
Henderson A.
Publisher
Princeton University Press, New York
Year
2009
ISBN
978-0-691-13449-9
Description
An excellent concise guide
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
,
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
,
1970
Title
A Taxonomic Account of Livistona R.Br. (Arecaceae)
Publication
A Taxonomic Account of Gardens’ Bulletin Singapore 60(2): 185-344. 2009
Author
Dowe J.L.
Publisher
 
Year
2009
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, detailed work, though it is a shame it does not include information on traditional and other uses.

Range

E. Asia - northeast India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand

Habitat

Open forest[
314
Title
Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.pacsoa.org.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains at least a little information on the majority of palm and cycad species, plus a wealth of photographs. A first class website.
]. Forests and open areas, it is also commonly planted in villages or other disturbed areas; at elevations from 100 - 2,500 metres[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *
Medicinal Rating *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height8.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

Livistona jenkinsiana is a plant of tropical regions, though it can also be grown in more or less frost-free temperate and subtropical climates[
314
Title
Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.pacsoa.org.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains at least a little information on the majority of palm and cycad species, plus a wealth of photographs. A first class website.
]. It is found in areas of high rainfall, which can be with or without a distinct dry season[
297
Title
Palms of the World
Publication
 
Author
Blombery. A. & Rodd. T.
Publisher
Angus and Robertson
Year
1992
ISBN
0-207-14848-1
Description
An excellent guide, well illustrated, with information on cultivation, uses, habitat etc of almost 200 species of Palms.
].
Grows best in a sunny, moist, but well drained position[
314
Title
Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.pacsoa.org.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains at least a little information on the majority of palm and cycad species, plus a wealth of photographs. A first class website.
]. Found in the wild mainly on sandy loams.

Edible Uses

The seeds are eaten as a substitute for betel nut (Areca catechu)[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
]. No more information, but this report more correctly refers to Livistona speciosa, see notes above on taxonomy[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Medicinal

The fruits are used medicinally in Hainan[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
]. No more information, but this report more correctly refers to Livistona speciosa, see notes above on taxonomy[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Other Uses

The leaves are commonly used for thatching[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
,
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].
The leaves are woven into hats etc[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
,
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Propagation

Seed - sow in deep containers in order to avoid root constriction, planting two seeds in each container[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. The seed of this species has a longer viability than that of most palms[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. If necessary, thin the seedlings to the best plant and grow them on until large enough to plant out.
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