Because of its unusual distichous leaf arrangement, this is one of the most intriguing and recognizable palms. Its leaves are arranged in two vertical rows alongside the trunk. The numerous narrow fishtail-shaped leaflets are arranged in clusters and spread in several planes, giving the leaf a plumose appearance.
Germinate invitro in gelatin, agar or other medium. Pre-soak seeds for 3 days in warm water and sow in containers. Germination takes 1 to 3 months.