Chinese fan palm


Chinese fan palm, or Chinese fountain palm, is native to China and Japan. It reaches a height of 50 feet, with a rough trunk up to 1 foot in diameter. The leaves are up to 6 feet wide and about halfway split into many segments which hang toward the end, giving the crown a fountain-like aspect; the petiole does not split at the base and has spines only in young specimens. Inflorescences arise among the leaves are up to 5 feet long. Ripe fruits are greenish-blue and about 1 inch long. It flowers and produces fruits throughout the year. The generic name honors Patrick Murray, Baron of Livingston in the mid-17th century. The species name refers to its geographic origin.

The photographed palm and the nearby specimen are behind (northeast) of the Celis Building. There are other specimens northwest of this same building, behind the Alumni Office in the old athletic field and west of the Art Museum and Academic Senate Building.

Livistona chinensis (Arecaceae)