Licuala distans

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Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
distans (DIHS-tahns)
Thailand, in habitat. Photo by Luke Nancarrow.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
distans (DIHS-tahns)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Costapalmate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Thailand. Found along ridgetops in wet Thailand rainforest.

So. Thailand.


Solitary palm to about 8 meters tall, with a trunk diameter of about 10 centimeters, and a large, spreading crown of numerous deeply split leaves; Leaf diameter is about 1.2 meters, each composed of an orbicular blade about 1.2 meters across, held nearly flat at the tip of a long spiny petiole. Editing by edric.


Tropical Moist Forest, Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

Don Hodel, in his beautiful new book "Palms and Cycads of Thailand" writes about this tropical gem: "Licuala distans is one of the most elegant Thai palms, and would make an exceptional ornamental in protected places in the garden. The relatively slender stem supporting a large, spreading crown of numerous leaves, each composed of an orbicular blade, held nearly flat at the tip of a long petiole...are unusually attractive and easily distinguish Licuala distans." (

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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