Licuala telifera

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Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
telifera (teh-lih-FEHR-ah)
Sorong, Irian Jaya Barat, Indonesia. Photo by Dr. William J. Baker, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew/Palmweb.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
telifera (teh-lih-FEHR-ah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Costapalmate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

New Guinea. Licuala telifera is endemic to the island of New Guinea including
Wandammen Peninsula, Papua, Indonesia. Photo by Dr. William J. Baker, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew/Palmweb.
the Indonesian provinces of Papua and Papua Barat, as well as the eastern half of the island, Papua New Guinea. Most of the specimens for this clustering, slender, undergrowth palm were found in primary lowland to lower montane forest or swamp forest and occasionally in transitional moist/heath forest. Usually on alluvium, sometimes volcanic soils.



Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

Conservation: There are no major threats to this species. There are general threats of habitat loss in the region due to logging and clearance of land for plantations, agriculture and pasture. This palm is within the boundaries of protected areas in the provinces of Papua and Papua Barat in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It is not listed on CITES and seeds from this species are not present in the Millennium Seed Bank, UK. This species has not been previously assessed, however, according to Barfod (pers. comm.) it is quite common and not threatened at all. Near Bona village in the Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea, a specimen (Baker 626) was collected where a WWF Integrated Conservation and Development Project is in place. (IUCN-Red list) Editing by edric.

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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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