Ruffled Fan Palm, Vanuatu Fan Palm, Palas Palm

Licuala grandis

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



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


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:

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Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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

Very easy grower Zone 10b South Florida.


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

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


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.