Licuala grandis leaf

Licuala grandis leaf

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.

Description:

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.

Nomenclature:

Common names:

Large leaved licuala palm, Round leaved licuala palm, Ruffled fan palm, Vanuatu fan palm, Vanuatu palm

Synonym:

Pritchardia grandis

Etymology:

Licuala: new Latin from the Makassar lekowala (palm of the Licuala genus)
Grandis: from the Latin grandis (big, tall, mature)

Licuala grandis

Licuala grandis

Origin:

Vanuatu (French Polynesia) and other islands of Oceania

Habitat:

Lowland rainforest where it occurs in the undergrowth



Hardiness:

USDA zones 10-11, 2 °C

Care:

Soil:

Nutritious and well drained

Exposure:

Shade, partial shade

Water:

Water daily during growing season but avoid still water at the bottom of the pot. Prefers soft water at room temperature

Hygrometry:

Provide high air humidity

Fertilizer:

Fertilize every 3 weeks with liquid universal fertilizer

Temperature:

Prefers temperatures above 15 °C

Draft:

Avoid drafts

Repotting:

Repot annually, in Spring

Licuala grandis fruit

Licuala grandis fruit

Propagation:

Seed, division

Sowing instructions:

  • 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

Division:

  • may be divided in spring, when repotting

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