Licuala mattanensis

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Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
mattanensis (maht-tahn-NEN-sis)
Inflorescence of Licuala mattanensis var. paucisecta (originally called Licuala 'mapu'). Photo by Paul Craft
Scientific Classification
Genus: Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
mattanensis (maht-tahn-NEN-sis)
Licuala sp. Mapu
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Costapalmate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Borneo rainforest.
Bogor (ex Sarawak), Indonesia. Photo by Dr. John Dransfield, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew/Palmweb.


A rare variety of fan palm, renowned for its striking tesselated foliage. It is native to the forests of Sarawak and Kalimantan where it can be found growing in deep shade. Old plants eventually grow a slender trunk and can reach up to 3 meters in height. Editing by edric.


Tropical Moist Forest, A tropical lowland plant requiring high humidity and a minimum temperature of 20 C for good growth. Prefers rich but well-drained soil that is slightly acidic. Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

There are two subspecies; Licuala mattanensis Becc. var. mattanensis, and Licuala mattanensis var. paucisecta.

External Links


Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

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

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

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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