Licuala sp. 'Timika Bronze'

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Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
sp. 'Timika Bronze'
Rare Palm
Scientific Classification
Genus: Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
sp. 'Timika Bronze'
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Costapalmate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Western New Guinea. Lowland rainforest, north of Timika on the southwestern coast.
Rare Palm



Tropical Moist Forest, Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

A beautiful and unusual, new Licuala from lowland rainforest north of Timika on the southwestern coast of Western New Guinea (formerly Irian Jaya), that sports a slender trunk and leaves with few segments on long, bronzy stalks. The trunk is covered in the fibrous sheath of the leafbases, and the leaves, in particular their undersides, show a stunning bronze cast. The palm carries many leaves that stay alive all the way down the stem even in older, taller plants, giving it a very unique appearance.

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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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