Licuala sarawakensis

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Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
Nong Nooch Botanic Garden, Thailand. Photo by Paul Craft
Scientific Classification
Genus: Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Costapalmate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Sarawak rainforest, Borneo.
Sarawak. Photo by Rudy Meyer,


This small fan palm is native to the damp shady forests of western Sarawak. The leathery dark green leaves are divided into 5-9 wedge-shaped segments. The plant never forms a trunk and maintains a compact size in cultivation. To about 1 m tall. Editing by edric.


A tropical lowland plant requiring high humidity, good shading, 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

This interesting palm looks rather like L. orbicularis, but with the round leaves cut into segments. Easier to grow and to care for, it, too, makes a good house plant, and for those fortunate enough to live in the tropics, a wonderful, small and tidy garden palm. Rich soil, and much moisture preferred. (

External Links


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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