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Licuala grandis

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah) (Info)
Species: grandis (GRAN-dees) (Info)

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive cstart On Apr 8, 2012, cstart from Richardson, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Easily grown indoors kept in a very bright window that receives direct afternoon sun. Instead of having to mist the plants, my indoor pots have large water reservoirs which reliably keep the room's humidity between 50-70% and the room's temperature reads 70-88F at different times of the year. My licualas grow only a few fronds per year but each is larger with a much longer petiole than the last so as to increase the overall height and width by a couple feet in two years' time.

Positive Cearbhaill On Jun 13, 2005, Cearbhaill from Russell, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Very easy grower Zone 10b South Florida.

Neutral Kylecawaza On Aug 23, 2004, Kylecawaza from Corte Madera, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Very tropical in needs, not able to survive in Southern California.

Neutral palmbob On Oct 17, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Nice looking palm. Has entire leaves in a pleated circle (not split like most fan palms are) and a very commonly grown indoor and avenue palm in the tropics (especially Singapore)... but hopeless here in So Cal... too cold here for it. Some have managed to make it thrive as an indoor palm if given plenty of humitidy and light, but kept on the warm side. It is one of the easiest palms to germinate and grow, as long as you have a green house or live in Hawaii... but if you live in the mainland US.. except maybe the south tip of Florida, don't bother. Licuala peltata unsplit (=Licuala elegans) is a much pretty and tougher palm anyway.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Big Pine Key, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Loxahatchee, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Agana Heights, Guam
Hana, Hawaii
St John, Mississippi
St John, Virgin Islands

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