They have stiff fan shaped leaves, giving them a unique appearance, and they make excellent pot plants when young.
Latania lontaroides or red latan palm Grows on cliffs and in coastal ravines,in the Mascarene archipelago but is now found only on the island of La R, union, where it occurs on the coast between Petite Ile and Saint-Philippe where its habitat is also shrinking, the species was once common. The red palm latan can reach 12 m height but grows quite slowly. The mature trunk is gray, smooth and slightly swollen at the base. It measures up to 25 cm in diameter and exhibits rings which are the scars of fallen leaves. The leaves are fan shaped, red with red petiole the first years, later green. The edges of the leaf and the main leaf veins are finely toothed. The leaves are stiff and worn by a petiole of 1-1.5 m long. They form a crown of 5-6 m in diameter. Editing by edric.