Licuala platydactyla

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Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
platydactyla (plah-tih-dahk-TIH-lah)
Nong Nooch Botanic Garden, Thailand. Photo by Paul Craft
Scientific Classification
Genus: Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
platydactyla (plah-tih-dahk-TIH-lah)
Licuala sp. 'Wah'
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Costapalmate
Survivability index
Common names
Bow-tie Palm

Habitat and Distribution

Lowland rainforest of north-eastern PNG.
Nong Nooch Botanic Garden, Thailand. Photo by Paul Craft


Medium sized fan palm to about 4 m, with sparsely divided leaves. Editing by edric.


Tropical Moist Forest, Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

Native to the understory of lowland rainforests in New Guinea, this mid-sized palm grows a slender, solitary stem to about 4 m tall and a small crown of palmate leaves with only a few segments, of which the middle ones are joined halfway. A gem for the tropical garden. (

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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