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Useful Tropical Plants

Licuala borneensis

Becc.

Arecaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Licuala borneensis
Fruiting plant
Photograph by: John Dransfield
Image credit to Palmweb
Licuala borneensis Licuala borneensis

General Information

Licuala borneensis is an evergreen palm producing one or more short, unbranched stems 20 - 23mm in diameter. The stems are topped by a crown of 8 - 12 fan-shaped leaves 30 - 70cm across on petioles 40 - 100cm long[
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Title
A revision of Licuala (Arecaceae, Coryphoideae) in Borneo
Publication
Kew Bulletin 67 No. 4:pp 577 - 654
Author
Saw L.G.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Richmond
Year
2012
ISBN
0075-5974
Description
A detailed treatment of 46 species of the genus Licuala that can be found in Borneo - it gives plant uses where known. The author's personal copy can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental[
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Title
Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia.
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Website
http://www.pacsoa.org.au/
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Year
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Description
Contains at least a little information on the majority of palm and cycad species, plus a wealth of photographs. A first class website.
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The species is only known from an estimated three localities on the island of Borneo. Its total extent of occurrence (EOO) is approximately 1,390 square kilometres. The forest habitat in which it occurs is declining due to unsustainable logging and conversion of forests to plantations. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
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Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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Year
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Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

1024
Title
A revision of Licuala (Arecaceae, Coryphoideae) in Borneo
Publication
Kew Bulletin 67 No. 4:pp 577 - 654
Author
Saw L.G.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Richmond
Year
2012
ISBN
0075-5974
Description
A detailed treatment of 46 species of the genus Licuala that can be found in Borneo - it gives plant uses where known. The author's personal copy can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

Southeast Asia - Malaysia (Sarawak), Brunei

Habitat

An understorey plant in mixed Dipterocarp forest in moderate shade and a loamy soil[
1024
Title
A revision of Licuala (Arecaceae, Coryphoideae) in Borneo
Publication
Kew Bulletin 67 No. 4:pp 577 - 654
Author
Saw L.G.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Richmond
Year
2012
ISBN
0075-5974
Description
A detailed treatment of 46 species of the genus Licuala that can be found in Borneo - it gives plant uses where known. The author's personal copy can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. Humid lowland forests, where it is confined to mor (humus rich) soils[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Properties

Conservation StatusEndangered
Edibility Rating *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height1.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Plants in the wild are found in quite deep forest shade in humus-rich, moist soils[
1024
Title
A revision of Licuala (Arecaceae, Coryphoideae) in Borneo
Publication
Kew Bulletin 67 No. 4:pp 577 - 654
Author
Saw L.G.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Richmond
Year
2012
ISBN
0075-5974
Description
A detailed treatment of 46 species of the genus Licuala that can be found in Borneo - it gives plant uses where known. The author's personal copy can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. Requires a warm, sheltered, moist position[
314
Title
Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.pacsoa.org.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains at least a little information on the majority of palm and cycad species, plus a wealth of photographs. A first class website.
].

Edible Uses

Leaflets[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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