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Footstool Palm

Livistona rotundifolia

("liv-iss-TOE-nee-ah roe-tun-dee-FO-lee-ah")


The Footstool Palm is a decorative fan palm with a solitary trunk, also known as Livistona rotundifolia. The fronds are almost completely round (hence rotundifolia), with a folded (almost pleated) appearance at the centre which begin to divide closer to the edge. Even when mature, the fronds are entire for at least 50% of their diameter. The leaf stems (petioles) have spines when young, but these disappear on mature trees - presumably because the animals that eat the foliage at ground level can't climb trees.

The classification of this plant is confusing. Until 2011, the plant was placed in the genus Livistonia, and before that Corypha. However, new genetic techniques showed that it, and a few other palms named as species of Livistonia, were actually members of a distinct, previously unknown genus which was named Saribus, from its local common name in the Maluku language. However, in cultivation, growers prefer to use the older, more familiar name.

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Pets & Children

The spines on the leaf stems (petioles) are sharp and can scratch unwary hands (or paws)


30-40cm. In the wild, these palms can grow up to 45m tall. Houseplants are typically 30cm - 1m and are juveniles. Larger indoor specimens have a wide spread and can take up a lot of space

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Country of Origin

Indonesia, Malaysia (Borneo) and the Philippines

Habitat Conditions

A plant of the swamp forests, mangrove edges and rain forests of Southeast Asia, this plant thrives in warm, humid conditions. Younger plants can cope with shady environments, but more mature specimens need more light. Small examples will do well in bathrooms or kitchens

Plant Care


Medium-low - medium-high


Keep the soil moist, but not wet and allow to dry out a little between watering


Palms cannot be pruned. Remove any dead or dying fronds by cutting them off at the base with secateurs (the stems can be quite thick and they will need some effort to cut through them)


A little dilute fertilizer added to the water every time you water the plant will be beneficial

Pest & Diseases

Generally pest free, but keep a lookout for mealybugs, scale insects and, occasionally, two-spotted spider mites. Mealybugs can be removed when cleaning the foliage with a damp cloth or paper towel. Scale insects can be removed by scraping them off with a blunt tool, such as a wooden lolly stick and spider mites can be deterred by misting the foliage with tepid water or keeping the plant in a humid environment

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