Botanical Name : Licuala spinosa
Native to all South-east Asian countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. The palm is so named, apparently it thrives in swampy, muddy conditions like the mangroves. A dynamic looking cluster palm, it's also known as the Spiny Licuala and the Good Luck Palm. Oh yes, a thicket of luck will come in handy!
The cluster of thin stems gives it a bushy look. Actually, this particular specimen is quite huge and wide so given the right conditions, it can grow quite tall too. The leaves are almost circular in shape and made up of several broken pleated leaflets with squared ends.
|unbroken young leaf|
This specimen grown outdoors in full sun looks handsome and healthy. Understand they do equally well in potted containers, albeit a little slow growing.
Nevertheless, my feeling is that palm lovers - growers and hobby enthusiasts alike, have loads of patience in their DNA department since that's almost a resolute primary requisite to own/grow any.