Latania lontaroides

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Latania (lah-tah-NEE-ah)
lontaroides (lohn-tah-roh-EE-dehz)
Wild latania lontaroides (2).jpg
In Habitat, Reunion Island - Photo: PADRE Jean François.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Latania (lah-tah-NEE-ah)
lontaroides (lohn-tah-roh-EE-dehz)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Costapalmate
Height: 15m
Sun exposure: Sun
Watering: Dry
Survivability index
Common names
Red latan palm.

Habitat and Distribution

Latania lontaroides or red latan palm is a palm tree that originated in the Mascarene archipelago but is now found only on the island of La Réunion, where its habitat is also shrinking.

In Habitat, La Réunion Island - Photo: PADRE Jean François.


The red palm latan can reach 12 m height but grows quite slowly. The stipe is gray, smooth and slightly swollen at the base. It measures up to 25 cm in diameter and exhibits rings which are the scars of fallen leaves. The leaves are fan shaped, red with red petiole the first years, later green. The edges of the leaf and the main leaf veins are finely toothed. The leaves are stiff and worn by a petiole of 1-1.5 m long. They form a crown of 5-6 m in diameter.


Sunny, moist, but well drained position.

Comments and Curiosities

Latania is a genus of 3 species, native to the Mascarene Islands. They have stiff fan shaped leaves, giving them a unique appearance, and they make excellent pot plants when young. They are easy and satisfying to grow, not fussy and will flourish in a wide range of frost-free, warmer climates. The tree species are easily distinguishable especially when young by the colour of the leafstalks for which they are named. Latania lontaroides has spectacular reddish leaves and red leafstalks when young. (

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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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