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Useful Tropical Plants

Licuala valida

Becc.

Arecaceae

+ Synonyms

L. paludosa winkleriana Becc.

Licuala olivifera Becc.

Common Name:

Licuala valida
Leaf and fruits
Photograph by: Andrew McRobb
Image credit to Palmweb
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General Information

Licuala valida is an evergreen palm with a single, unbranched stem that can range from subterranean up to 4 metres tall, often with smaller stems at the base. The stem can be 8 - 10cm or more in diameter. The plant produces a crown of large, fan-shaped leaves on petioles that can be 150 - 300cm long[
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Title
A revision of Licuala (Arecaceae, Coryphoideae) in Borneo
Publication
Kew Bulletin 67 No. 4:pp 577 - 654
Author
Saw L.G.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Richmond
Year
2012
ISBN
0075-5974
Description
A detailed treatment of 46 species of the genus Licuala that can be found in Borneo - it gives plant uses where known. The author's personal copy can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials for thatching.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Title
A revision of Licuala (Arecaceae, Coryphoideae) in Borneo
Publication
Kew Bulletin 67 No. 4:pp 577 - 654
Author
Saw L.G.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Richmond
Year
2012
ISBN
0075-5974
Description
A detailed treatment of 46 species of the genus Licuala that can be found in Borneo - it gives plant uses where known. The author's personal copy can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

Southeast Asia - Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia

Habitat

An understorey plant, common in forests, growing in Kerangas, mixed dipterocarp forests to lower montane forests, often on hill slopes; at elevations up to 700 metres[
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Title
A revision of Licuala (Arecaceae, Coryphoideae) in Borneo
Publication
Kew Bulletin 67 No. 4:pp 577 - 654
Author
Saw L.G.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Richmond
Year
2012
ISBN
0075-5974
Description
A detailed treatment of 46 species of the genus Licuala that can be found in Borneo - it gives plant uses where known. The author's personal copy can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height2.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


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[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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Edible Uses

The fruits are sometimes eaten[
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Title
A revision of Licuala (Arecaceae, Coryphoideae) in Borneo
Publication
Kew Bulletin 67 No. 4:pp 577 - 654
Author
Saw L.G.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Richmond
Year
2012
ISBN
0075-5974
Description
A detailed treatment of 46 species of the genus Licuala that can be found in Borneo - it gives plant uses where known. The author's personal copy can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. A pulpy flesh, though it adheres strongly to the seed[
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Title
A revision of Licuala (Arecaceae, Coryphoideae) in Borneo
Publication
Kew Bulletin 67 No. 4:pp 577 - 654
Author
Saw L.G.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Richmond
Year
2012
ISBN
0075-5974
Description
A detailed treatment of 46 species of the genus Licuala that can be found in Borneo - it gives plant uses where known. The author's personal copy can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. The orange, globose to ovoid fruit is 10 - 20mm long and 12 - 15mm wide, containing a single seed around 8 - 14mm long and 8mm wide[
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Title
A revision of Licuala (Arecaceae, Coryphoideae) in Borneo
Publication
Kew Bulletin 67 No. 4:pp 577 - 654
Author
Saw L.G.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Richmond
Year
2012
ISBN
0075-5974
Description
A detailed treatment of 46 species of the genus Licuala that can be found in Borneo - it gives plant uses where known. The author's personal copy can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

The apical bud is cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
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Title
A revision of Licuala (Arecaceae, Coryphoideae) in Borneo
Publication
Kew Bulletin 67 No. 4:pp 577 - 654
Author
Saw L.G.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Richmond
Year
2012
ISBN
0075-5974
Description
A detailed treatment of 46 species of the genus Licuala that can be found in Borneo - it gives plant uses where known. The author's personal copy can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The fronds are used for thatching as temporary shelters[
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Title
A revision of Licuala (Arecaceae, Coryphoideae) in Borneo
Publication
Kew Bulletin 67 No. 4:pp 577 - 654
Author
Saw L.G.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Richmond
Year
2012
ISBN
0075-5974
Description
A detailed treatment of 46 species of the genus Licuala that can be found in Borneo - it gives plant uses where known. The author's personal copy can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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