Licuala bidentata

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Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
bidentata (bih-dehn-TAH-tah)
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Kubah National Park, Sarawak, Malasia.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
bidentata (bih-dehn-TAH-tah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary & acaulescent.
Leaf type: Costapalmate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Borneo. Sarawak rainforest.
Bako National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia (Borneo). Photo by Jack Sayers.


A small delicate fan palm from the forests of Borneo. Each leaf is divided into numerous slender leaflets which are notched at the apex. Old plants eventually develop a short trunk up to 1 meter in height. Editing by edric.


Tropical Moist Forest. Cultivation recommendations: Requires humid tropical conditions, partial shade or filtered light. Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

A very pretty, stemless palmlet from the understorey of rainforests in Sarawak on the island of Borneo. It has circular fan-shaped leaves that are split into many very narrow segments. It grows just over 60 cm (2 ft.) tall. Var. 'furcata' has leaf blades with 3 to 7 segments with a conspicuous central segment. It is very rare in cultivation and much sought after by collectors, it will do best in a shady, wind-protected spot in the tropical garden. (

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Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

Special thanks to Geoff Stein, (Palmbob) for his hundreds of photos.

Special thanks to, Dr. John Dransfield, Dr. Bill Baker & team, for their volumes of information and photos.

Glossary of Palm Terms; Based on the glossary in Dransfield, J., N.W. Uhl, C.B. Asmussen-Lange, W.J. Baker, M.M. Harley & C.E. Lewis. 2008. Genera Palmarum - Evolution and Classification of the Palms. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. All images copyright of the artists and photographers (see images for credits).

Many Special Thanks to Ed Vaile for his long hours of tireless editing and numerous contributions.

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