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Blue Latan Palm

Blue Latan Palms are striking tropical fan palms with a distinctive mottled blue-gray color in the leaf stems and veins when young.  As they age this feature becomes less distinguished and identification is aided by the distinctive convoluted surface ornamentation of the broader end of their seeds.  Latan Palms are adapted to the seasonally dry tropical climate of their native Mauritius Island where they prosper in the hot wet summers.  In the wild they grow close to the shore on cliffs and in canyons where they do not receive the direct salt spray from the ocean.  The Latans below where photographed growing in the Mounts Botanical Center in West Palm Beach.  Of the tribe Borasseae, and subfamily Coryphoideae it is also known by the botanic name Latania loddigesii.

Blue Latan Palm

Plant Facts:

Common Name:  Blue Latan Palm

Botanical Name:  Latania loddigesii

Subfamily:  Coryphoideae

Plant Type:  Solitary Palm Tree

Origin:  Mauritius Island

Zones: 10 - 11

Height:  30'

Rate of Growth: Slow

Salt Tolerance: Moderate

Soil Requirements:  Widely adaptable

Water Requirements: High drought tolerance

Nutritional Requirements: Moderate

Light Requirements: High

Form:  Solitary fan palm, canopy of 1-2 dozen leaves

Leaves:  Costapalmate, stiffly folded, divided to 1/2 into about 30 stiff, unsplit segments with finely toothed margins becoming smooth with age.  Color:  Blue-green, waxy, wooly below; red veins when very young.

Inflorescence: 3-6' long, from among leaves

Fruits: Brownish-green

Pests or diseases:  Palmetto weevils

Uses:  Specimen plant

Bad Habits: Slightly susceptible to lethal yellowing

Cost:  $$ - $$$ -- reasonable to expensive

Propagation:   Fresh seed, germinates in 1-2 months

Sources:   A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, betrocks.gif (9648 bytes) Betrock's Guide to Landscape Palms

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