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Useful Tropical Plants

Licuala petiolulata

Becc.

Arecaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Licuala petiolulata
Plant growing in native habitat
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General Information

Licuala petiolulata is an evergreen palm producing a single, unbranched stem up to 2 metres tall and 8cm in diameter. The stem is topped by a crown of around 20 fan-shaped, wide leaves on petioles 150 - 250cm 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 and material for thatching.
A widespread species, it is classified as 'Least Concern'[
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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 - Borneo.

Habitat

Kerangas, mixed Dipterocarp forests to lower montane forests on various soil types from sandy clay
to sandstone to shale (Setap), once in freshwater swamp; at elevations up to 600 metres.

Properties

Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height2.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

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

The fruits are sometimes eaten[
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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.
]. A pulpy flesh, though it adheres strongly to the seed[
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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 orange, ovoid fruit is up to 25mm long and 20mm wide, containing a single seed around 13mm long and 9mm wide[
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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 apical bud is cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
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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.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The fronds are used for thatching as temporary shelters[
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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.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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