A native of Sarawak, Borneo East Malaysia. This is a very attractive understory palm cultivated.
Overall, it is a small, stemless palm with tight and neat leaf arrangements. The near circular, flat leaves are evenly pleated over the entire leaf.
specimen @ Mandarin Oriental Hotel, KL
The dark glossy green foliage is quite spectacular. In mature specimens, they are held on long thin petioles with spines. Unlike the L. grandis, this species does not develop a trunk.
The striking leaves are collected by the native people and used for temporary thatching of jungle shelters. Elsewhere in the country, the leaves are used for flower arrangement and other household purposes.
This is a spectacular ornamental plant for indoors and out, full or partial shade. Like all tropical lowland plants, this exotic palm thrives on moist well drained soil and high humidity.