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Secondary forest, and rocky slopes in open forest.
A medium sized, solitary palm to about 12m tall, with a gracefull crown of drooping, dark green leaves. The petioles are very spiny on young plants, but these lessen considerably as the plant gets older.
Was once a very popular indoor plant in Europe, and is still widely grown in the tropics.
Warm, sheltered and moist, but very well drained. Very cold sensitive. Plants are sun tolerant from an early age.