Livistona blancoi Merr.
Livistona merrillii Becc.
Livistona whitfordii Becc.
Common Name: Anahua
Saribus merrillii is a solitary-stemmed evergreen palm with an unbranched trunk that can be up to 25 metres tall and 40cm in diameter; the trunk is topped by a globose crown of 40 - 50 fan-shaped leaves with petioles 90 - 200cm long and leaf blades 100 - 150cm wide[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of materials.
Although Saribus merrillii has a large population it is facing a wide range of threats and almost 70,000 hectates of range were lost in the period from 2001 - 2018. The threats include both small-scale and large-scale forest degradation such as logging, industrial mining and agricultural land conversion. The plant is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2020)[
Southeast Asia - Philippines (Luzon)
Forests and thickets, usually forming groves along the dipterocarp (Shorea) forests and on the rocky limestone hills near the seashore; at elevations from 60 - 200 metres[
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The leaves are known to be used for thatching purposes, as well as raw material for raincoats-making[
The outside of the trunk is very hard and can be used for purposes such as flooring and in bow-making[
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