This handsome palm forms a large clump consisting of many slender trunks curving away from each other and crowned with bright green, attractively curved pinnate fronds. Numerous basal suckers form a green rosette around the bottom of the trunks.
The palm is native to tropical or temperate regions and seems quite tolerant of cold and frosts. Excellent for park planting, it looks particularly attractive when sited near water.
Young plants respond markedly to regular watering, mulches and side dressings with fertilizer rich in nitrogen. A sunny position is most suitable. The brown fruit are edible but rather astringent.