Livistona saribus

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Figure 1. L. saribus at the Darwin Botanic Gardens



L. cochinchinensis

Common Names:

Taraw Palm

Distribution & Habitat:

An emergent palm of the tropical rainforest, widely spread throughout southeast Asia.


A tall fan palm (to about 25m), with red/orange, heavily armed petioles. It has large clusters of bright blue fruit.


Sunny, moist, but well drained position. Quite cold tolerant when older.

Figure 2. L. saribus crown detail
Figure 3. L. saribus leaf detail
Kew Gardens.Princess of Wales conservatory,
Figure 5. Close-up of the armed petiole.

Contributed by:

Jeff Nugent, Permaculture Plants (Figures 1,2&3)
Neil King (Figures 4&5)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, JSTOR, Trebrown

Google, Google Images, Flickr, PACSOA Forums, PalmTalk