Licuala bintulensis

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Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
bintulensis (bihn-tool-EN-sis)
Andulau, Brunei Darussalam. Photo by Dr. John Dransfield, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew/Palmweb.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
bintulensis (bihn-tool-EN-sis)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Costapalmate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Borneo. Rainforests in Sarawak.

Similajau National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia (Borneo). Photo-Ch'ien Lee/ Minden Pictures



Tropical Moist Forest, Cold Hardiness Zone: 11

Comments and Curiosities

A very pretty and rare, low growing palm from the understorey of rainforests in Sarawak on the island of Borneo. It has fan-shaped leaves with about nine most curiously arranged segments, the inner one(s) being very wide, the outer ones narrow. Essentially a collector's palm, it will do best in a shady, wind-protected spot in the tropical or warm subtropical 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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