Photograph by: Mokkie
Licuala peltata is an evergreen palm tree that is sometimes solitary-stemmed and sometimes suckers to produce a number of stems from the base. The slender bole, which can range in height from 1.5 - 5 metres, is 5 - 10cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its leaves, which are used locally for thatching, making umbrellas, torches etc.
E. Asia - India, Assam, Bangladesh, Nicobar and Andaman Islands, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia.
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Prefers a moist shady position but, once established, can tolerate dry periods[
The leaves are used for thatching[
The leaves can be made into umbrellas[
The leaves are covered in wood oil from Dipterocarpus spp, and used as torches[
The wood is rather soft[
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