licuala palm, ruffled fan palm, Vanuatu fan palm
Stems: Solitary, upright stems to 3 m tall and 5-8 cm in diameter, ridged with leaf scars and some remnant fibers from leaf sheaths. Leaves: Costapalmate, with a stiff, undulating blade, undivided, but corregated, and forming a semicircle. Leaf surfaces, deep green; leaftips, bifid. The petiole has a prominent hastula and is armed toward the base with small, curved teeth along the fibrous margins. The costa extends almost one-third the length of the leaf blade. Flowers and fruits: Inflorescences (to 2 m long) are branched to three orders and extend beyond the leaves. Flowers are small, white and bisexual. Fruits are small (1-1.5 cm), spherical, and red or red-orange when ripe.
Other Licuala species, perhaps, but the rounded, entire leaf blades are quite distinctive.
Native to Vanuatu
Licuala grandis H.Wendl.
Pritchardia grandis Veitch