Blue latan palm (Latania loddegesii)

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Illustration of Latania loddegesii by Monika deVries Gohlke

Species: Latania loddegesii
Common Name: Blue latan palm
Status: Endangered, IUCN Red List
Range: Mauritius

Map of Africa illustrating the range of Latania loddegesii

Artist: Monika deVries Gohlke
Artist Home Country: United States
Medium: Watercolor

This palm, found only in Mauritius, an island nation east of Madagascar, has suffered due to the introduction of invasive non-native plant and animal species, and conversion of its habitat for agriculture. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental.

A specimen of Blue latan palm (Latania loddegesii) from the museum's herbarium collection:

National Herbarium preserved specimen of Latania loddegesii