This rainforest understory palm from Southeast Asia consists of a
number of closely crowded stems up to about 30 ft (9 m) tall and 3Ð4
in (8Ð10 cm) in diameter, nearly always with a thicket of sucker
growths at the base.
The fronds are rather erect, up to about 8 ft (2.4 m) long, with
widely separated leaflets.
The flowers and fruit appear in succession throughout the year.
It is the most widely grown species for ornament.
Cultivation: Fishtail palms originate in very moist tropical
rainforests and require sheltered, humid environments, but most will
tolerate a surprising degree of cold as well as poorly drained
They are easily propagated from seed.