The red latan palm is an attractive, medium to large, fan palm restricted to a small strip of coastline on a single island in the southern Indian Ocean (1) (3). The rounded crown is made up of numerous, two to three metre wide, palmate leaves, while the straight, deep-grey trunk is lined with closely packed rings where the leaf sheaths have fallen away (2). When young, the stiff leaflets are distinctively tinged with red, hence this palm’s common name, but with age take on a deeper green colour (2) (3) (4). A dioecious species, male and female flowers are found on separate plants (5).
- Latanier de la Réunion, Latanier rouge.
- Height: up to 15 m (2)