540.000 Livistona R. Br.

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Palms, small to large; stems solitary erect, slender, rarely robust; initially covered with persistent leaf sheaths; ringed conspicuously or obscurely with leaf scars. Leaves with petiole not split at base, usually armed; adaxial hastula conspicuous; lamina palmate or costapalmate, plication induplicate. Inflorescence axillary within crown of leaves; paniculate with 3-5 orders of branching; peduncular bracts many, obscuring rhachis. Flowers borne singly along rachillae sometimes in small groups. Fruit drupe, exocarp blackish, smooth, mesocarp fleshy, endocarp bony. Seeds globose or ellipsoid.

Worldwide: 25 species in Africa, Asia, Australia and Pacific Islands.

Zimbabwe: 4 cultivated taxa.

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australis (R. Br.) Mart.
chinensis (Jacq.) R. Br.
drudei F. Muell. ex Drude
mariae F. Muell.

Other sources of information about Livistona:

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Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Livistona

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Livistona
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Livistona
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Livistona
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Livistona
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Livistona
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Livistona
JSTOR Plant Science: Livistona
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Livistona
Plants of the World Online: Livistona
Tropicos: Livistona
Wikipedia: Livistona

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Livistona.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1676, retrieved 30 May 2024

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