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Livistona saribus (Lour.) Merr. ex A. Chev.


Description from Flora of China

Corypha saribus Loureiro, Fl. Cochinch. 1: 212. 1790; Chamaerops cochinchinensis Loureiro; Livistona cochinchinensis (Loureiro) Martius; L. diepenhorstii Hasskarl; L. hasseltii (Hasskarl) Hasskarl; L. hoogendorpii Teijsmann & Binnendijk; L. inaequisecta Beccari; L. spectabilis Griffith; L. tonkinensis Magalon; L. vogamii Beccari; Pholidocarpus diepenhorstii (Hasskarl) Burret; Rhapis cochinchinensis (Loureiro) Martius; Sabal hoogendorpii (Teijsmann & Binnendijk) Kuntze; Saribus cochinchinensis (Loureiro) Blume; S. hasseltii Hasskarl; S. hoogendorpii (Teijsmann & Binnendijk) Kuntze.

Stems to 40 m tall, to 65 cm in diam., rough with leaf scars. Leaves palmate; petioles 1-2 m, with green to brown, recurved spines along margins, spines denser proximally, fewer distally on petioles; blades almost circular in outline, 1.5-1.7 m wide, green adaxially and abaxially, irregularly divided for up to 1/2 their length into 80-90 segments, segments in groups, each group separated by a split almost to base of leaf, segments deeply split and pendulous at apices. Inflorescences to 2.3 m, branched to 3 orders, with 4-9 partial inflorescences; rachillae 15-45 cm; flowers borne in clusters of 3-5, yellowish, to 2 mm. Fruits blue or blue-gray, globose to ellipsoid, to 2.5 × 2 cm.

The leaves are used for thatching and fishing; the fruits are eaten locally.

Lowland rain forests or dry forests, often in periodically inundated habitats; below 600-1100 m. Guangdong, Yunnan [Borneo, Cambodia, Indonesia (Java, Sumatra), Laos, Malaysia (Peninsular), Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam].


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