This is a rainforest palm that is fairly common in cultivation in warm climates and forms clusters of slender stems up to 7m high. The unarmed pinnate leaves are up to 2m long and form a tuft at the top of the bare stems. It is a monoecious palm with make and female flowers in the same floral cluster and these are followed by bright red fruits. It is native to North Australia, New Guinea and Fiji. It is endangered in the wild but because it tolerates sun or shade and acid and alkaline soils it is commonly cultivated.