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Not to be confused with Likouala.
Licuala grandis4.jpg
Licuala grandis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Subfamily: Coryphoideae
Tribe: Corypheae
Genus: Licuala
Wurmb, 1780
Licuala ramsayi.

Licuala is a genus of palms commonly found in tropical rainforests of southern China, Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, New Guinea and the western Pacific Ocean islands.[1][2][3][4][5] They are fan palms, with the leaves mostly circular in outline, sometimes undivided but more usually divided into wedge-shaped segments. Licuala acutifida is the source of cane for the walking stick nicknamed the Penang-lawyer by colonials, probably from the Malay phrase pinang liyar for a wild areca, although the term may also refer to the use of these canes as deadly knobkerries to assassinate litigious enemies.[6]


Approximately 150 species are recognized.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Govaerts, R. & Dransfield, J. (2005). World Checklist of Palms: 1-223. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  3. ^ Flora of China, Vol. 23 Page 148, 轴榈属 zhou lü shu, Licuala Wurmb, Verh. Batav. Genootsch. Kunst. 2: 473. 1780
  4. ^ Saw, L.G. (2012). A revision of Licuala (Arecaceae, Coryphoideae) in Borneo. Kew Bulletin 67: 577-654.
  5. ^ Heatubun, C.D., Barfod, A.S. 2008, Two new species of 'Licuala' (Arecaceae; Coryphoideae) from Western new Guinea. Blumea. 53(2): 429–434.
  6. ^ Germplasm Resources Information Network: Licuala