Licuala grandis / Pritchardia grandis - The Tuffled Fan Palm, Vanuatu Fan Palm, Palas Palm

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Botanical name: Licuala grandis / Pritchardia grandis
Common name: The Tuffled Fan Palm, Vanuatu Fan Palm, Palas Palm
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Tribe: Trachycarpeae
Genus: Licuala
Species: L. grandis


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Well known by now for its large, circular, simple, undivided, and closely pleated leaves, this Licuala makes a magnificent plant for indoors or out. The seed germinates readily and grows slowly but steadily in the tropical or warm subtropical garden, producing a slender trunk in the process. In the tropics it can be planted in sun or full shade but should be out of the wind. In hot, dry regions a shaded spot is best. It is originally native to disturbed or secondary forests on San Cristobal and the Santa Cruz Islands (part of the Solomon Islands) and throughout most of Vanuatu the South West Pacific, and not, as older publications erroneously state, to the Island of New Britain.