Licuala sp. (Timika Bronze)
Savoy Brown Palm
A beautiful and unusual, new Licuala from lowland rainforest north of Timika on the southwestern coast of Western New Guinea (formerly Irian Jaya), that sports a slender trunk and leaves with few segments on long, bronzy stalks. The trunk is covered in the fibrous sheath of the leafbases, and the leaves, in particular their undersides, show a stunning bronze cast. The palm carries many leaves that stay alive all the way down the stem even in older, taller plants, giving it a very unique appearance.