Licuala peltata var. peltata

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Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
peltata (pehl-TAH-tah)
var. peltata
Scientific Classification
Genus: Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
peltata (pehl-TAH-tah)
var. peltata
Subspecies: var. peltata
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Costapalmate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Andaman Is., Assam, Bangladesh, East Himalaya, Malaya, Myanmar, Nicobar Is., and
Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Garden.
Thailand. Understory Palm in moist to wet forests.


Palm that can reach a height of 10 meters and a diameter of 10-12 cm, with a solitary trunk, marcescent (holds old petiole bases). It has a spreading crown of leaves fan-shaped circular, of 1-2 m wide, are divided almost to the base into numerous large segments (costapalmate), rarely entire, dark green and shiny. The petioles are long, of 1-2 m, provided with spines up to 1 cm in length. Inflorescences produced in spikes, born out of the leaves (armed petiole), are very long (4 m), with greenish white flowers, rich in nectar and very fragrant. The fruits are globose, 1.5 cm in diameter, orange. This species grows in temperate climates warm, can withstand temperatures down to -2 ° C for short periods. (From the Spanish.) ( Editing by edric.


Tropical Moist Forest, Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

Uses: The leaves are also used to make hats and roots are harvested in traditional medicine as a diuretic.

One of the larger Licuala, this species can reach a height of up to 10 m (33ft). It ranges from the mountains of Northeastern India down to the Malay Peninsula but is rather uncommonly seen. Its solitary trunk carries a spreading crown of large, circular fan leaves that are divided into numerous, wide segments. It is one of the most robust and easy-to-grow Licualas, though quite slow. Our seeds come from populations in India, at the northern end of its range, and can be expected to produce the hardiest plants. (

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All information translated from the Spanish, 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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