Licuala grandis or Ruffled Fan Palm is a beautiful palm tree with large fan-shaped leaves. It comes from Vanuatu (French Polynesia) and other islands of Oceania.
Growth is slow and the plant is best grown in a warm and humid atmosphere. Indoors it will be difficult to survive, it is rather a plant for the warm greenhouse.
The stipe is slender and bears the scars of fallen leaves.
The leaves are dark green, almost circular and rectangular. They are on a long petiole which bears spines. The edge of the leaf is toothed. Each segment contains a central vein and two extruding points.
The inflorescence is longer than the leaves, feather-shaped and bears tiny yellow flowers. The fruit is a small red berry.
Large leaved licuala palm, Round leaved licuala palm, Ruffled fan palm, Vanuatu fan palm, Vanuatu palm
Licuala: new Latin from the Makassar lekowala (palm of the Licuala genus)
Grandis: from the Latin grandis (big, tall, mature)
Vanuatu (French Polynesia) and other islands of Oceania
Lowland rainforest where it occurs in the undergrowth
USDA zones 10-11, 2 °C
Nutritious and well drained
Shade, partial shade
Water daily during growing season but avoid still water at the bottom of the pot. Prefers soft water at room temperature
Provide high air humidity
Fertilize every 3 weeks with liquid universal fertilizer
Prefers temperatures above 15 °C
Repot annually, in Spring
- soak the seeds for 24h in tepid water
- sow in a light sowing mix and moisten
- 20-30 °C
- germination: 1 month to over a year
- may be divided in spring, when repotting