1 Package of 12 Seeds
Solitary or clustering palm. Stem to 1 - 4 5 m, without leaf sheaths to about 10 - 30 40 cm in diam., with crowded diamond-shaped, persistent leaf-bases, internodes very short. Leaves to 2 m long; pseudopetiole 20 - 40 cm long; leaf sheath reddish- brown, fibrous; acanthophylls about 15 on each side of rachis, yellow-green to orange, to 20 cm long.
Pistillate flowers with calyx cupule 1.5 - 2 mm high, yellow; petals orange-pink to yellow, 2 - 2.5 x 3 - 4 mm. Fruit restricted to the distal half to two thirds of rachilla, ovoid to obovoid, 9 - 18 x 5 - 9 mm, maturing from green to blue-black when ripe.
A very robust species which will thrive in temperate or tropical climates and, found to 1700m 5600ft altitude, it tolerates quite hard frosts.
Germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium. Pre-soak seeds for 3 days in warm water and sow in containers. Germination takes 2 to 4 months.