Latania lontaroides

Red Latan, latanier de la Réunion

A spectacular rare tropical palm tree from the Island of Reunion. It boasts red leaves and petioles on juvenile specimens.

It makes an excellent pot plant due to its slow growing habit

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Origin: Reunion
Genus: Latania
Species / Cultivar: lontaroides
Common Name: Red Latan, latanier de la Réunion
Synonym: Cleophora commersonii, Latania rubra

Plant Biography

Latania lontaroides is endemic to Reunion, in the Indian Ocean. In the wild, the Latania is considered an endangered species, due to heavy deforestation for agricultural purposes. However, the palm tree is thriving in cultivation, as an ornamental palm.

As the plant matures, it develops a swollen base and the trunk may become dark.

The name of the genus comes from the name given by the indigenous people in Mauritius, though the palm is not natively found in the Mauritius island. The specific epithet ‘lontaroides’ means “resembling Lontarus”, a genus of palm now called Borassus. Quite confusing, isn’t it?

Latania lontaroides
Light: Direct
This plant likes as much sun as possible. Best placed in direct sunlight in a bright window.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: 2 - 30°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Slow
Expect to see quite small amounts of growth over the years.
Water Requirement: Regular Watering
Water when soil surface is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: Medium
Easygoing in regular home conditions, keep away from cold draughts and heat sources.
Eventual Height: 12m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 3m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Surprisingly for a palm tree coming from a tropical island, Latania lontaroides is a palm tree that will tolerate temperatures down to 1 degree for short periods of time without damage.

Juvenile plants have gorgeous deep red leaves. More mature plants, start losing the red coloration and leaves turn silvery green. However, due to it’s very slow growth, Latania palm trees reach maturity in hot climates after 15-20 years.

In the UK, the Red Latan should be kept in a bright room, a sun room, or a heated conservatory. Keep the soil moist during summer and apply a balanced fertiliser during spring and summer.

It can be kept outdoors during summer, in South facing sheltered gardens.

Choosing the right pot for your plant

Choosing the right pot for your plant

Not sure what pot size to choose for your indoor plant?

We’ve put together a few tips and tricks on how to choose the correct decorative pot.