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Central Australian Fan palm
Scientific Name: Livistona mariae F. Muell.
Family: Arecaceae
Central Australian Fan palm (Livistona  mariae)
Livistona mariae at the Kopsick Palm Arboretum in St. Petersburg
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 13-17,19-27
USDA: 9b-11

Frost Tolerance: 24F (-4C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Central Australia (Alice Springs area)

Growth Habits: Solitary, grows slowly up to 15 feet tall (4.5 m) 7 feet in diameter (2 to 2.5 m); trunk, swollen at the base, most of it covered with leaf base and fibers, older areas grey and ringed; palmate leaves, 3 to 6 feet in diameter (90-180 cm), younger leaves develop a red tinge when placed in the sun, and stay green in the shade; spiny petiole

Watering Needs: Regular water, keep drier in winter, moderate salt resistance, drought resistant

Propagation: Seeds, 1 to 3 months to germinate

Livistona mariae at the Kopsick Palm Arboretum in St. Petersburg

Livistona mariae at the HBG

Blooming Habits:
Flower stalk coming from among the leaves, with bisexual yellow flowers.

Fruiting Habits:
Round fruit, black when ripe. 1 inch long (2.5 cm). Round seed: 0.8 inch long (20 mm).

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