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Livistona is a genus of 36 species of palms (family Arecaceae), native to southern and southeastern Asia, Australasia, and the Horn of Africa. They are fan palms, the leaves with an armed petiole terminating in a rounded, costapalmate fan of numerous leaflets.

Livistona species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Batrachedra arenosella (recorded on L. subglobosa) and Paysandisia archon.

Anáhaw (L. rotundifolia) is the unofficial national leaf of the Philippines, while Kho (L. speciosa) is the tree of Khao Kho District in Thailand.

 

 

 

 

 

Written on February 20th, 2012 , Botany, Forestry Tags:

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