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Livistona chinensis

Livistona chinensis (Jacq.) R. Br. ex Mart.

Livistona oliviformis (Hassk.) Mart.

Saribus oliviformis Hassk.

Chinese Fan Palm

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassArecidaePalm-like plants
OrderArecalesPalms
FamilyArecaceaePalms
GenusLivistona
Specieschinensis

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Chinese fan palms are native to southern Japan, Taiwan, and some of the islands in the South China sea. They are not found in the wild in North America.

Identification: Trees are 30-50' (9.1-15 m) high and up to 12' (3.7 m) around. Fan-shaped leaf clusters have swordlike leaves up to 6' (1.8 m) long. The leaves have tapered ribbon-like segments that sway in the breeze, suggesting an effect like a fountain. The petioles, or stems that connect the leaves to the tree, have sharp spines. Flowers are inconspicuous and mostly hidden. Fruits are bluish-black, resembling olives.

Online References:

Livistona chinensis on FLORIDATA

Livistona chinensis at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Livistona chinensis on Forest and Kim Starr’s Starr Environmental site

Livistona chinensis at the Palm & Cycad Society of Florida’s Plant to Palm site

Livistona chinensis on Forest & Kim Starr's Plants of Hawaii site

Livistona chinensis on eFloras

Livistona chinensis (Chinese Fan Palm)

4/6/2011 · Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD
≈ 3½ × 2½' (1.2 × 0.8 m)

Livistona chinensis description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Livistona chinensis (Chinese Fan Palm)

4/6/2011 · Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD
≈ 31 × 46" (78 × 117 cm)

Livistona chinensis (Chinese Fan Palm)

4/6/2011 · Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD
≈ 31 × 21" (78 × 52 cm)

Range: Zones 9b-11:

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