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[
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'[
Southeast Asia - Borneo.
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.
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
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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[
The fruits are sometimes eaten[
]. A pulpy flesh, though it adheres strongly to the seed[
]. The orange, ovoid fruit is up to 25mm long and 20mm wide, containing a single seed around 13mm long and 9mm wide[
The apical bud is cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
The fronds are used for thatching as temporary shelters[
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