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PlantFiles: Paradise Palm
Licuala mattanensis 'Mapu'

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

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

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Grown for foliage

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

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive cfkingfish On Nov 7, 2005, cfkingfish from Venice, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

This is the only Licuala that I know of that has spineless petioles. I was lucky enough to find a small one-leafed plant a while back, and I can say this is for sure a slow grower. It is very tempermental, and does not seem to tolerate the swampy conditions that others in the genus can take. It is very tender to cold, and will not grow in the ground in my area.

Positive palmbob On Jun 29, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of the 'ultimate' palms for the collector, but unfortunately it is very slow growing and very cold sensitive. This Bornean palm is a solitary fan palm with pleated leaves split down to the petiole, and the leaves are a wonderful mottled color- emerald green to bright yellow. It has one of the most beautifully colored leaves of the palm world.


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

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Agana Heights, Guam

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