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PlantFiles: Wedge-leaflet Fan Palm, Australian Fan Palm
Licuala ramsayi

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

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

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

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

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Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Mandrew968 On Jan 14, 2011, Mandrew968 from Miami, FL wrote:

I put this palm in the ground, from a six inch pot, fall of 2010. Since then it has opened one new leaf and is partly opening the next. Yes, this palm is slow growing, but what licuala isn't? This palm is one of the most cold tolerant in the genus and is actually faster than both of my L. Grandis. As for the petioles--they are spiny just like most, if not all other licualas(sorry Bob). Plant this palm in shade or partial shade, and give its' leaves plenty of room(they'll get huge). Since this is a naturally divided leaf wind will not be as detrimental but it is STILL a licuala and therefore not wind resistant. Give this rare beauty plenty of water and nutrients as well, for faster growth. Patience pays off fore this is the tallest and most stunning(my opinion) in the genus.

Positive GreenEyedGuru On Sep 15, 2006, GreenEyedGuru from SF Bay Area, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Does well indoors -- my seedling puts out about one new leaf per month in a west-facing garden window.

Positive palmbob On Dec 9, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of the few Licuala that do well in So Cal (at least along the coastal areas). It's extremely slow growing here, so it will be many decades before any attain the height as seen in the wilds of Australia. In tropical climates, it's a much faster palm, and one of the best for landscaping, with its nearly circular leaves irregularly split. It also is one of the few Licualas that don't have viscious teeth along the petioles. This is a solitary species (most sucker).


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

Santa Barbara, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Cape Coral, Florida
Loxahatchee, Florida
Miami, Florida
Naples, Florida
Ainaloa, Hawaii
St John, Mississippi
St John, Virgin Islands

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