Licuala khoonmengii

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Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
khoonmengii (koon-MENG-ee)
Licuala khoonmengii 1z.jpg
In habitat. Photo by Clayton York, Utopia Palms & Cycads
Scientific Classification
Genus: Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
khoonmengii (koon-MENG-ee)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Costapalmate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

In habitat, Borneo. Photo by Clayton York, Utopia Palms & Cycads



Tropical Moist Forest, Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

"My licuala need fertilizer, I use citrus and rhododendron fertilizer on them, the added acidity makes them grow gangbuster and keeps them vibrant green. I think yours would look greener if you fed them with acidifying fertilizer as well." (Dr. Axel Kratel.)

Comments and Curiosities

This dwarf Licuala from rainforests in Terengganu on the Malay peninsula, is surely among the most breathtakingly beautiful in the genus, and easily comparable to such species as L. mattanensis or L. cordata. Its leaves are divided into 5 or 7 segments, with a large one in the middle and consecutively more narrow ones towards the base. They have an almost blue-gray metallic color -- just wonderful in the dim understory of the tropical forest but hard to capture on film with a flash. Described as recently as 1997 it seems to be practically unknown in cultivation. (

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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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