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A monoecious species from Mexico to South America, it is fairly difficult and relatively slow growing. It suckers but not profusely so and leaves are very variable from finely pinnate to very broad leaflets to a mixture of both. The oldest plants growing here (Maria's Palmetum, Nth Qld) are about nine years old and have grown to 2 metres in height with trunks of about 3 cm diameter. But, so far, have shown no signs of flowering. New leaves are always very red and may show signs of cold damage in winter.
Maria Boggs (from Palms&Cycads No. 46, Jan-Mar 1995).