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Useful Tropical Plants

Licuala orbicularis

Becc.

Arecaceae

+ Synonyms

Licuala veitchii W.Watson ex Hook.f.

Pritchardia grandis H.J.Veitch

Common Name:

Licuala orbicularis
Matang, Sarawak, Malaysia
Photograph by: John Dransfield
Image credit to Palmweb
Licuala orbicularis Licuala orbicularis Licuala orbicularis

General Information

Licuala orbicularis is an evergreen palm producing one to several very short stems. Each stem is topped by a crown of fan-shaped leaves up to 75cm across on petioles 40 - 75cm 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 commonly harvested from the wild for local use of its leaves for thatch, making hats etc. The plant is also grown as an ornamental, valued especially for its attractive leaves[
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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.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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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.

Range

Southeast Asia - Malaysia (Sarawak)

Habitat

An understorey plant in Kerangas, mixed dipterocarp forest, in moist valleys and hill slopes; at elevations from 20 - 550 metres

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


The plant is often found in the wild in Kerangas forest - a type of moist, heath forest found on acidic, sandy soils that are low in nutrients, especially nitrogen[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The leaves are used for thatching temporary dwelling places, making 'Langko' hats etc. and are especially used as wrapping material for cooked rice, tobacco etc[
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.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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