Licuala bracteata

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Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
bracteata (brak-teh-AH-tah)
Photo-Rare Palm
Scientific Classification
Genus: Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
bracteata (brak-teh-AH-tah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Costapalmate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Vietnam (southern); lowland rainforest at 400-900 m elevation.

Photo-Rare Palm


A rare understory palm fron the tropical rainforests of southern Vietnam, with circular leaves, divided into several broad segments.

Stems clustered, to 4 m tall, and 5 cm in diameter. Petioles to 1.3 m long; blades to 0.9 m wide, divided into 19-28 leaflets, these with curved sides, the central one not split, born on a short stalk. Monoecious; inflorescences shorter than the leaves, erect, to 1 m long, with up to seven branched, partial inflorescences, partial inflorescence bracts tubular; flowering branches zigzag, densely hairy; flowers borne on prominent stalks, in groups, hairy; fruits elipsoid. to 0.8 cm long and 0.6 cm in diameter, red, the petals remaining erect, as the fruits develop. (Dr. Andrew J. Henderson) Editing by edric.


Tropical Moist Forest, Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

Uses| The stems are used to make tool handles, and the leaves to make hats.

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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