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Moist slopes and valley bottoms of north eastern Madagascar.
A massive, stocky, litter collecting palm, to about 8m tall, with erect leaves.
Litter collecting palms, as the name suggests, collect litter in the top of the palm, trapping it by the upward pointing leaves. This litter servers a built-in compost heap to nourish the plant.
Although this can become quite a large palm, it is still essentially a palm of the understory, so it prefers shade, and it also likes lots of water.