Livistona rotundifolia

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Anahaw tree
Anahaw tree
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Genus: Livistona
Species: L. rotundifolia
Binomial name
Livistona rotundifolia
(Lam.) Mart.

Livistona rotundifolia is a species of palm popular for its broad, shiny leaves. Also known as Anahaw, Table palm, Footstool palm, Fan palm, L. rotundifolia is regarded as the Philippines' national leaf.

The anahaw is a solitary palm, which can grow up to 24 meters in height. The leaves are glossy green, erect to pendent, with petioles spiny on lower surface and blades are shorter than the petiole. Its fruit is spherical to 2 cm in diameter, and varies in color from red to black.

L. rotundifolia is a native of tropical Asia, but is now cultivated all over the world as an ornamental plant. The leaves are mostly harvested and used for thatching and food-wrapping.


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