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Tropical Asian rainforest.
A large palm, with erect, 3m long leaves. The trunk is covered in a black fibrous hessian like material, while the leaf bases have long spines protecting them.
Widely grown in the tropics and is used to produce sugar, sago, and alcoholic drinks.
Full sun, and lots of water, in a well drained position. Can be grown in warm temperate areas, but it is a much slower grower there.
Tony Huntington (Figure 1)
Mike Gray (Figures 2-5).