Licuala jeanneneyi André
Licuala muelleri H.Wendl. & Drude
Livistona ramsayi F.Muell.
Pericycla muelleri (H.Wendl. & Drude) Drude ex Salomon
Licuala ramsayi is an evergreen, usually solitary-stemmed palm tree usually growing up to 15 metres tall, exceptionally to 20 metres[
]. The straight, slender bole can be 20cm in diameter, and is topped with a crown of 9 - 12 large fan-shaped leaves[
]. Young plants have sharp spines on the leaf bases[
]. Occasionally the plant will produce more than one stem[
The Aborigines used to eat the apical bud, but since this leads to the death of the tree and the tree is becoming rarer in the wild, it is a practice not to be encouraged. A fibre can be obtained from the leaves.
Australia - northern Queensland.
Swamp rainforest and river banks, mainly on the coastal plains[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A plant of the lowland, moist tropics, where it is usually found within 20 kilometres of the coast, at elevations up to 450 metres[
]. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 22 - 32°c, but can tolerate 13 - 36°c[
]. It is not frost tolerant[
]. It prefers a mean annual rainfall in the range 2,400 - 3,600mm, but tolerates 1,600 - 4,400mm[
Young plants require shade, tolerating even heavy shade. They prefer increasing light levels as they grow and can eventually tolerate full sun[
]. Prefers a medium to heavy, fertile soil[
]. Prefers a pH in the range 5.5 - 6.5, tolerating 4.5 - 7.5[
A very slow-growing plant[
Apical bud - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
]. Eating this bud leads to the death of the tree since it is unable to make side branches[
A fibre is obtained from the leaves[
Seed - germinates slowly and erratically[
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