Licuala orbicularis

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Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
orbicularis (ohr-bik-koo-LAHR-is)
Mt. Warning Caldera, Nth NSW Australia. Photo by Pete
Scientific Classification
Genus: Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
orbicularis (ohr-bik-koo-LAHR-is)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Entire.
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Mt. Warning Caldera, Nth NSW Australia. Photo by Pete



Tropical Moist Forest, Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

"Growing Licuala orbicularis from seed is the ultimate challenge, this is one difficult palm to get up to size. It does get a little easier as they get larger." (Jerry Andersen, J.D. Andersen Nursery, Hawaii.)

To say that L. orbicularis makes L. grandis look like a cabbage may be an exaggeration, but when you have seen this fabulous species, it's the only one you'll want to grow. The leaves are large, simple, circular in outline and quite flat, just stunning. The natives in their natural habitat of Sarawak like them so much they cut the leaves to use as temporary umbrellas, then throw them away as soon as the rain stops. Rather tropical in their requirements, they make excellent potted plants in less favoured climates, and thrive in rich and moist soil, and humidity in the air. (

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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