Latania verschaffeltii

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Latania (lah-TAHN-ee-ah)
Gold Coast Hinterland, Queensland. Photo by Daryl O'Connor
Scientific Classification
Genus: Latania (lah-TAHN-ee-ah)
latania jaune, Latania aurea.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Costapalmate
Survivability index
Common names
yellow latan palm.

Habitat and Distribution

Endemic to the Mascarene Island of Rodriguez, where it is threatened by habitat loss.
Peradeniya Botanic Gardens, Sri Lanka. Photo by Philippe
Rodrigues is a semi-autonomous island part of the Republic of Mauritius in the Mascarene archipelago.


Size: Slowly up to 40 feet (12 m) to 16 feet in diameter (5 m). Leaf: Palmate, 8 to 24 Petiole and veins yellow, Yellow colored, armed leafstems wth wool and wax at the bottom. Trunk: Gray, lightly ringed, swollen base, 10 inches in diameter (25 cm). Flower: Flower stalk coming from among the leaves, 3 to 6 feet long 0.9 to 1.8 m). Fruit: brownish green. 2 inches long (5 cm). plum shaped. Seed: round at one end, pointed at the other. Editing by edric.


Temperature: 30°F (-1°C). Water Requirements: Regular water. Sun Requirements: Full sun. Germination: Easily from seeds. This sun-loving palm needs excellent drainage and will survive in warm temperate to subtropical areas. Male and female trees are needed to get fertile seeds. The seeds germinate with in two to four months and each fruit contains one to three seeds.

Comments and Curiosities

This is a dioecious genus.

Latania is a genus of three species native to the Mascarene Islands. They are easy and satisfying to grow; they are not fussy; and they will grow in a range of warmer climates. They are easily distinguishable, especially when young, by the color of the petioles for which they are named. With its glossy yellow petioles and leaf margins and more lax leaves than the other species, Latania verschaffeltii is surely the most stunning in this small genus. (

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Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

Special thanks to Geoff Stein, (Palmbob) for his hundreds of photos.

Special thanks to, Dr. John Dransfield, Dr. Bill Baker & team, for their volumes of information and photos.

Glossary of Palm Terms; Based on the glossary in Dransfield, J., N.W. Uhl, C.B. Asmussen-Lange, W.J. Baker, M.M. Harley & C.E. Lewis. 2008. Genera Palmarum - Evolution and Classification of the Palms. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. All images copyright of the artists and photographers (see images for credits).

Many Special Thanks to Ed Vaile for his long hours of tireless editing and numerous contributions.

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