Licuala paludosa

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Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
paludosa (pahl-oo-DOH-sah)
Photo-Malaysian Biological Diversity
Scientific Classification
Genus: Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
paludosa (pahl-oo-DOH-sah)
Licuala amplifrons & Licuala aurantiaca (not accepted names).
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Costapalmate
Survivability index
Common names
Swamp fan palm, Mangrove fan palm.

Habitat and Distribution

Borneo, Cambodia, Malaya, Sumatera, Thailand, and Vietnam. Peat swamp forest, Plants
var. paniculata. Photo-Malaysian Biological Diversity
inundated with water for six months or more a year.


Palmera medium-sized, up to 4 m high; You can have a single trunk or a small group produce thin trunks. It has large circular leaves, divided into large segments to the base. It produces long hanging inflorescences and orange-red fruit. Editing by edric.


Tropical Moist Forest, Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

The Golden Licuala (Licuala aurantiaca) is a new, recently described species from Thailand, where it grows in coastal swamp forest. It is now synonymous to Licuala paludosa, it has a robust, clustering habit, with short stems and palmate leaves with few segments, and in its easy-care nature. What particularly sets the Golden Licuala apart and makes it a very desirable ornamental are its vividly orange colored leafsheaths and stalks. It is best suited to warm subtropical and tropical areas and needs plenty of water to grow well. (

Thai species of solitary understory palm with deeply divded and widely separated fan leaves- basically parallel leaflet strips ending in pinking shear-like tips. Rare in cultivation. (Geoff Stein)

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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