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Useful Tropical Plants

Saribus merrillii

(Becc.) Bacon & W.J.Baker

Arecaceae

+ Synonyms

Livistona blancoi Merr.

Livistona merrillii Becc.

Livistona whitfordii Becc.

Common Name: Anahua

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General Information

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[
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 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)[
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IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
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Website
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Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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

Southeast Asia - Philippines (Luzon)

Habitat

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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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
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Properties

Conservation StatusVulnerable
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height18.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The leaves are known to be used for thatching purposes, as well as raw material for raincoats-making[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
,
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 outside of the trunk is very hard and can be used for purposes such as flooring and in bow-making[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
,
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.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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