Licuala orbicularis leaf

Licuala orbicularis leaf

Licuala orbicularis or Parasol Palm is a small palm tree with big striking leaves.

The leaves are round, very big and used by the locals as an umbrella or parasol.

It is very popular with palm tree lovers, but hard to find and pricey. It is also not easy to keep indoors because it needs a rather high hygrometry.

Description:

Licuala orbicularis is a shrub palm that grows only 2 m high. The slender trunk is partly underground.

The leaves are large, circular, divided or undivided, pleated.

Nomenclature:

Common name:

Parasol palm

Etymology:

Licuala: new Latin from the Makassar lekowala (palm of the Licuala genus)
Orbicularis: derived from the Latin orbis (round, circular)

Origin:

Borneo

Habitat:

Rainforest, undergrowth



Hardiness:

USDA zones 10-11

Licuala orbicularis

Licuala orbicularis

Care:

Soil:

Nutritious and well drained

Exposure:

Light, no direct sun

Water:

Water daily during growing season but avoid still water at the bottom of the pot. Use 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

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:

Divide in Spring when repotting

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