Corypha pilearia Lour.
Licuala acutifida peninsularis Becc.
Licuala horrida Blume
Licuala pilearia (Lour.) Blume
Licuala ramosa Blume
Plant growing in native habitat
Photograph by: Mokkie
Licuala spinosa is an evergreen, clump-forming palm, growing up to 3.6 metres tall[
]. The stems are stout, roughened with fallen leaf scars, clustered, 2 - 3 metres high, 5 - 10 cm in diameter. Leaves are about 100cm across, glossy and fan-shaped[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine etc. It is often grown as an ornamental[
E. Asia - China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia.
Near the sea, sometimes growing immediately behind the mangrove and within the influence of salt water, sometimes on banks and in ravines near the sea[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Grows well in light shade[
Young shoots - raw or cooked[
]. Eaten with Thai shrimp paste and chilli sauce[
The bark is used in combination with other plants for the treatment of tuberculosis[
In Borneo, the leaf's fireproof durability is of critical utility in preparing blowpipe dart poison - the latex of Antiaris toxicaria is held on a folded boat-shaped young leaf of this plant and then held over a small flame for about a week[
The young leaves are used as wrappings for foods such as glutinous rice desserts[
The wood of the stems is used[
Seed - sown fresh, it can germinate in 6 - 8 weeks[
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