Licuala graminifolia Heatubun & Barfod, Blumea 53: 431 (2008)

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Map uses TDWG level 3 distributions (
New Guineapresent (World Checklist of Arecaceae)B



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    • Solitary, small palm. Stem acaulescent to about 1 m high, 1.5 cm diam., internodes short. Leaves c. 9 in crown, sheath disintegrating into a loose mesh of fine fibres; petiole 40-65 cm long, 2-4 mm wide at the base to 2?2.5 mm across towards the apex, adaxially flattened to shallowly channelled towards the base, abaxially rounded, unarmed; lamina fan-shaped in outline, 30-50 cm wide, divided into 9-11 segments, narrowly wedge-shaped or with slightly curved lateral margins, all segments with 1-3 adaxial ribs, more or less equal in length 20-35 cm, indentations leading to adaxial ribs 2-3 mm long, those leading to abaxial splits considerably shorter, mid-segment truncate, 6-9 mm wide at apex, basal segment obliquely truncate at apex, usually wider than the mid-segment. Inflorescences 1 or 2 in one palm individual, shorter than leaves, 20-60 cm long, carrying one spicate, partial inflorescence; prophyll 10-12 cm long and up to 10 mm wide, loosely fitting, splitting on one side; peduncle as measured to insertion of rachis bract 8-20 cm long; peduncular bracts lacking; rachis bract tubular, 5-9 cm long and up to 7 mm wide, covered with scattered ferruginous ramenta basally, loosely fitting to weakly inflated towards the apex, with 2 or 3 splits, 5-12 mm long; peduncle of partial inflorescence equal to or slightly exceeding rachis in length; rachilla 6-8 cm long, 1-2 mm wide. Flowers solitary, hermaphroditic, bullet-shaped 2.5-3 mm long; flowers borne on elevated points, subtending bract c. 1 mm long, bracteole more or less conspicuous at a lateral position, pedicel very short, calyx 2.2-2.8 mm long, hyaline distally, with three 0.4-0.6 mm long pointed lobes; corolla 2-2.2 mm long, splitting deeply to c. 5 mm above the base; androecium fused to corolla for 0.5-0.6 mm, staminal ring c. 0.5 mm high; anthers inconspicuously inserted in 2 levels, 0.5-0.6 mm long; ovary 0.7-0.8 mm long, attenuate apically; style 0.6-0.7 mm long; locules in lower half. Fruits globose, 8-10 mm diam., green; seed 6-8 mm diam.; endocarp smooth; endosperm homogeneous. (Heatubun, Ch. D. and Barfod A. 2008. Two New Species of Licuala (Arecaceae; Coryphoideae) from Western New Guinea. Blumea 53: 429-434)A

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