Licuala pumila is an evergreen palm usually producing a cluster of unbranched stems up to 120cm tall and 15cm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use in thatching etc.
Southeast Asia - Indonesia (Java).
An understorey shrub in forests, growing along river banks and in ravines; at elevations up to 250 metres[
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Older leaves are used for thatching roofs and to make hats[
The young unfolded leaves have been used to wrap cigarettes. For this, the young shoots were carefully opened, left hanging up outdoors for 2 nights and then smoothed out[
Fine strips of the young leaves are sometimes mixed with opium, probably to add bulk, but perhaps also to improve combustion[
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