Latania lontaroides or red latan palm Grows on cliffs and in coastal ravines, in the Mascarene archipelago but is now found only on the island of La Réunion, where it occurs on the coast between Petite Ile and Saint-Philippe where its habitat is also shrinking, the species was once common. The red palm latan can reach 12 m height but grows quite slowly. The mature trunk is gray, smooth and slightly swollen at the base. It measures up to 25 cm in diameter and exhibits rings which are the scars of fallen leaves.
The leaves are fan shaped, red with red petiole the first years, later green. The edges of the leaf and the main leaf veins are finely toothed. The leaves are stiff and worn by a petiole of 1-1.5 m long. They form a crown of 5-6 m in diameter. Editing by edric.
|Common Name||Latania lontaroides,latanier de la Réunion ,latanier rouge,red latan palm|
|Maximum Reachable Height||upto 12 feet|
|Difficulty Level||Moderately easy|
|Sunlight||Palm s prefer partial shade (or partial with some sunlight), as they are more than happy in low-light conditions.|
|Watering||Keep soil moist throughout the growing season,|
|Soil||Loamy soil/ Sandy soil/ Soil with a pH range of 6.5 to 8.0|
|Temperature||They can handle a winter rest in cooler conditions, not less than 50 F. (10 C.). They do tolerate central heating.|
|Fertilizer||Feed your palm regularly during the growing season. If possible, use a palm fertilizer, which will contain all the micro nutrients and extra potassium and manganese. Potassium deficiency is especially common in palms—it shows up in yellowing or brownish fronds.|
Palms tend to lend themselves to creating shadows and reflections. You can stand a palm in an alcove that is lined with a mirror and create stunning effects. If you put one on each side of a fireplace, its even doubly stunning. The shadows cast by the palms fronds can pattern a plain wall. Spotlights can create good strong light for bold shadows.
These are quite dramatic. Dont position spotlights too closely because this generates too much heat for the palm to withstand. Finally, lighting the plant from below can cast shadows onto opposite walls and even the ceiling.