I could not remember the last time I saw one, that’s why when I saw them at the back of Naga City Hall , it made me smile and wish that many cities could follow the same. Anahaw or Fan Palm is a tropical palm that looks like a fan.
Anahaw is often planted in the outdoor but it also good as an indoor ornamental. This species are commonly found in the many parts of the Philippines, (maybe the same reason why it was considered as our National Leaf).
Anahaw (Livistonia rotundifolia) is a palm specie reaching a height of 20
meters. Like most palms, anahaw grows naturally only in forested areas.
Often planted for ornamental purposes, it is a tall graceful palm with 1 to
2 meter long fan-shaped leaves which are ascending and crowded at the top.
It’s trunk is strong and good for flooring, handle of tools. It is also used as post or poles. If the leaves becomes mature, it was used as roof houses and can last up to 15 years on case to case basis and if handled properly. Many of the rural houses here in our area still used this as their roof. It’s more cooler in the inside. While the young leaves can be made into rain coats, hats and fans or what we called abaniko and mats. In Quezon province, they use the leaf as pambalot (wrapper) on their native delicacy which is called tikoy. The buds and shoots can be cooked as vegetable.
It’s good to know that cities like ours are making their share to preserve our National Leaf. I guess this plants would be distributed around the city as a part of the green living program.
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