Vanuatu Fan Palm

Scientific Name: Licuala grandis H.Wendl.

Synonyms: Pritchardia grandis (H.Wendl.) W Bull.

Unique ID: 201

Systematic Position

Class: Monootyledonae               

Series: Nudiflorae

Family: Arecaceae


Common Names

English – Vanuatu fan palm



Description: Licuala grandis is a slow growing small palm . Trunk: Single, brown to grey-coloured, upright and slender that reach a mature height of only 2 or 3 meters, but usually less than 1,8 m tall and 10-12 cm in diameter, ridged with old leaf scars and traces of fibrous leaf sheaths.
Crown: Spread about 2,5 m wide or less.
Leaves (fronds): Costapalmate, attractively pleated fan-shaped to orbicular (forming an almost perfect circle) nearly entire, segment joined practically all the way except the edges that are notched, dark glossy green, held horizontally about 60-100 cm or more in diameter. Petioles 1 m long thin and spiny .
Fruits: red fruit.
Inflorescences: up to 2 m long, dangling arising at the the base of leaves, usually longer than the fronds. Flowers bisexual small whitish-yellow.
Blooming period: Will flower frequently.


Habitat: Cultivated

Distribution: The palm is naturally endemic to Vanuatu island. 

Uses:  Ornamental palm