Licuala rumphii is an evergreen palm usually producing a tight cluster of unbranched stems up to 4 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials.
Southeast Asia - Indonesia (Maluku)
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Plants can succeed in tropical and warm sub-tropical climates[
Prefers a warm, sheltered, moist position[
The plant has been used to treat tuberculosis and colitis[
The plant is being researched as a possible source for antibiotic, antidiarrheal, and anti-infective drugs[
The broadest central segments of the young leaves are used to wrap fruits and other food[
The young leaves have been used to wrap cigarettes, for which purpose bundles of leaf segments were soaked in hot water, bleached in the sun, and pounded and smoothed out on a heated pot until they became white[
Fine strips of the young leaves have been mixed with opium, probably because of their odour[
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