Livistona rotundifolia is a very attractive and elegant palm with large, shiny, fan shaped leaves and thorny stems. The Footstool Palm adapts to indoor living extremely well, being undemanding and tolerating some degree of neglect.
Footstool palm is native to South-east Asia (Malaysia, Indonesia, Java, Moluccas, Philippines, Sulawesi, and Lesser Sunda Islands), but is now cultivated all over the world in tropical and subtropical countries as an ornamental plant. It is a very attractive palm, especially when young, due to its large, round, shiny, shallowly divided leaves. It is also known as “Anahaw” (National leaf of the Phillipines). It has a solitary, smooth, brown trunk with the rings of the scars of the foliar petioles in evidence and clothed with beautifully greyish woven fibres in the upper part below the crown. In its natural habitat it can grow to up to 24 metres in height. Its leaves are road, erect to pendent, palmate, wider than long, almost round in outline from a very early age, shiny, glossy green and incised for about half of their length in usually rigid and stiff segments.