Licuala kunstleri

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Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
kunstleri (koonst-LEHR-ee)
Kuala Tahan, Pahang, Malaysia. Photo by Dr. John Dransfield, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew/Palmweb.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
kunstleri (koonst-LEHR-ee)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Costapalmate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Malaya, Thailand. Rainforest on the Malay Peninsula.
Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Photo by Lee Tracy.


A small, usually solitary, fan palm with a short trunk. The leaves have very long petioles, with broad leaflets, the central one usually being the widest. It has a short, closely packed, upright inflorescence with bright red fruit. Editing by edric.


Tropical Moist Forest, Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

This unusual Licuala comes from rainforests on the Malay Peninsula. It forms a short trunk that is usually solitary and holds several very long stalked fan shaped leaves with broad leaflets, the central one usually widest. The dense, short, upright inflorescence with bright red fruit makes this species immediately recognizable. It appreciates a shady spot in the tropical garden. (

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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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