Philippine Anahaw and Recycled Paint Pail- GM# 55

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.

Philippine National Leaf – Anahaw

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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  1. i havent seen one for the longest time! my mom love them. i think we have one at home, im not sure though..

  2. And it is absolutely beautiful! 🙂 I love Anahaw. I miss Philippines!!!

  3. I have forgotten that this is our national leaf. Thanks for the reminder and for a very informative post 🙂 I’m back with my entry this week. Have a great day 🙂

  4. We used to grow Anahaw Tree when I was little. I thought they’re the most beautiful plant ever! I so love their leaves talaga. Now, we don’t get to see them here but I always teach my Pinay daughter about Anahaw. 🙂

    BPC hop!

  5. wow, nice there are many plants huh… Go for green always! 🙂

    BPC ->

  6. wow! pretty nifty ano… way to recycle a paint bucket….:)

  7. It’s beautiful. Have a fabulous week.

    Liz @ MLC

  8. Lovely post. Reminds me of our own Anahaw back home:)

    Visiting for #85 challenge-hope you can stop by:)

  9. I miss seeing anahaw plants…:)

    thanks for joining BPC sis!

  10. love the plant and the pail too Sis 🙂 Visiting from Green Monday

  11. Visiting this time from #85 of BPC, miss seeing this plant Sis 🙂 hope that you can return the visit too.

  12. Visiting again for Mellow Yellow Monday- hope you can stop by:)

  13. Kelly Powell says

    Thank you for sharing!!!

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